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Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Salvador Simo’s handsome animated film follows Luis Buñuel’s search for creative direction early in his career.

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Spain 2018
Dir Salvador Simo
With voices of Jorge Usón Fernando, Ramos Luis, Enrique de Tomás
Certificate 15

Both a buddy adventure and an imaginative account of a fascinating episode of cinematic history, this acclaimed animation utilises sensitive performances, as well as excerpts from Luis Buñuel’s original film, to recreate the shooting, in 1933, of his controversial documentary Las Hurdes (Land Without Bread). At that time, Buñuel was at a crossroads following the break-up of his collaborative partnership with Salvador Dalí; he was wondering about the progress of his career. The linear narrative is punctuated by appropriately surrealist sequences suggestive of the director’s anxieties and desires, creating an affecting portrait of an artist seeking new creative directions.

This film features original footage from Bunuel's Las Hurdes (Land Without Bread, 1933) which contains scenes of animal suffering some viewers may find disturbing.

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