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Directed by: Salvador Simó | Cast: Jorge Usón, Fernando Ramos
2019 | Spain | 86 mins. | Spanish, English subt. | Animation
Paris, 1930. Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel are already the main figures of the Surrealist movement. Unexpectedly, Buñuel is left moneyless after the scandal surrounding his film The Golden Age. In this difficult situation, he cannot even tackle his next project, a documentary about one of the poorest Spanish regions, Las Hurdes. However, his good friend, sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket with the promise that, if he wins, he will pay for the film. Incredibly, luck is on their side.
“Though undeniably charming, Buñuel can be a difficult character to like here, but that’s the point.”
“It does ample justice to its subject. (...) 'Buñuel' is above all a good story elegantly told, where the visuals really do bring it home is in their attention to lighting.”
“The animation is handsome, the graphic settings understated but intelligently detailed. The detailing extends to the work of the voice cast.”
“It is most striking for how it illustrates that animation isn’t a mere subcategory of cinema (...) This movie is more rewarding as a light human drama.”
“Simó’s sensitive portrait of an often-insensitive genius also belongs to that category of biopic that prefers mining a key chapter to cramming in the whole life.”
Festival & Awards Winner: Best Animated Film at European Film Awards, Special Distinction & Best Score at Annecy Film Festival, Best Animated Film at Goya Awards, Nominated for Best Animated Feature Satellite Awards, Best Music Score at Málaga Spanish Film Festival.