Dudok de Wit it is not on the Oscar for animated film

Dudok de Wit it is not on the Oscar for animated film

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The Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit estimates his chances at winning an Oscar for his animated film The Red Turtle is not too high. “I prepared a speech, of course.”

“But I understand that the three American titles that were also nominated are higher in the polls. That are much more accessible than The Red Turtle or the French film Ma vie de Courgette,” said Dudok de Wit.

The director has chaotic days ahead of us: his movie makes next to an Oscar also win a César. Dudok de Wit, can only Saturday, after the presentation of the French film awards, to Hollywood, flying for the largest filmfeest in the world.

“It’s a bizarre schedule, but it can’t be otherwise,” he says from London, where he currently lives and works. At the Césars on Friday evening near the Dutch themselves still some opportunities.

‘A thick 8’

It is a cliché, acknowledge Dudok de Wit. But certainly at the Oscars is to participate already more important than winning. “Getting a nomination means that your movie is a big fat 8 from your colleagues. 10 that the win represents is wonderful, but it doesn’t mean more to me than that 8.”

Also in terms of media attention generates an Oscar nomination is already a lot of extra buzz around the film. “I am not a person who prices in a glass cabinet in the living room. The Oscar that I fifteen years ago won for my short film Father and Daughter is according to me even in the attic. The emotional appreciation means so much to me more than the physical frame.”


Especially the appreciation for The Red Turtle in the Netherlands, France and Japan are touched by the maker. “I made the film with mostly Japanese and French manufacturers and designers. But the reactions from the Netherlands to do me the most; that’s my homeland, where I my childhood I spent and where my love for the medium of film has developed.”

More than 90,000 people saw until now in the Netherlands the well-received production. “That moves me really, because it’s not an easy story I tell. All e-mails with compliments and sweet messages on social media of the Dutch viewers are priceless.”

The Red Turtle is running in a few theatres and is now out on dvd and blu-ray. The Oscaruitreiking is in the night from Sunday to Monday to see for Net5.

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