Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugasBuñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

About the film

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.”


— Peter Debruge, Variety

“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.”


— Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

“The animation is handsome, the graphic settings understated but intelligently detailed. The detailing extends to the work of the voice cast.”


— Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“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.”


— David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“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.”


— Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

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.

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