Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Animation Is Film 2018 and screening in competition at Annecy next week, will arrive in Los Angeles on August 16, debuting at the Landmark Nuart cinema.
Synopsis: In a stranger-than-fiction tale befitting the master surrealist filmmaker, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles tells the true story of how Luis Buñuel made his second movie. Paris, 1930. Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel are main figures of the Surrealist movement, but Buñuel is left penniless after a scandal surrounding his film L’Age d’Or. However, his good friend, the sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket with the promise that, if he wins, he will pay for his next film. Incredibly, luck is on their side, and so they set out to make the movie, an ambitious documentary on the Las Hurdes region in Spain. Both a buddy adventure and fascinating episode of cinematic history, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles presents a deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of an artist hunting for his purpose.
The film is directed by Salvador Simó, who also wrote the screenplay with Eligio Montero. Manuel Cristóbal is the producer. Buñuel is produced by Sygnatia and The Glow (Spain), in co-production with Submarine (Netherlands).