A documentary portrait of the Oscar-winning Dutch animator and director Michael Dudok de Wit who’s debut feature The Red Turtle made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016 and won the Special Jury Prize, and is about to hit the big screen all over the world.
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The Longing of Michael Dudok de Wit (Maarten Schmidt & Thomas Doebele, The Netherlands)
Studio Ghibli, Japan’s legendary anime company, invited Dudok de Wit to make his first animated feature; their first-ever international co-production. Maarten Schmidt and Thomas Doebele followed Michael and his team for more than two years, during the complex creative process of making this film. Dudok de Wit is a perfectionist and always used to create his hand-drawn animated films himself. For this new feature, he was assisted by a team of 30 animators from all over Europe. Dudok de Wit was faced with a huge challenge: he not only had to retain his personal perfectionism, but also involve his entire team in implementing his ingenious approach to colour, light and shadow.