BFI Distribution have announced they have acquired the rights to Salvador Simó‘s BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES.
The multi-award winning Spanish animated feature, is set to premiere on demand on BFI Player’s Subscription service on 9 July 2020.
Using traditional 2D hand-drawn animation and a fresh way of re-telling a transitional moment in cinema history, the film recounts the fascinating true story of how Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) made his second film, Las Hurdes: Land Without Bread. The stranger-than-fiction tale is a compelling and often amusing portrayal of the character of young filmmaker Luis at the beginning of his long career. The film’s haunting orchestral score is by the Spanish composer and pianist Arturo Cardelús, an associate of the Royal Academy of Music, and was partly recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Based on the graphic novel Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas by illustrator and strip-cartoonist Fermin Solis, the film begins at the end of 1932. After the scandal of L’Age d’Or, the surrealist comedy Buñuel made with Salvador Dalí had left him penniless, his warm-hearted friend, the sculptor Ramón Acín, declares that if he wins the Spanish Christmas lottery he will give the prize money to Buñuel for his next film. Miraculously Acín’s ticket wins and he supports Buñuel in the making of a quasi-documentary on one of the poorest areas in Spain, Las Hurdes.
A Trailer was released in 2019, here it is…
BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES cleverly blends the animated scenes of Buñuel and his team’s journey and filmmaking experience with the powerful, often shocking real footage from the finished documentary; Buñuel sometimes heightened reality for dramatic effect. Surrealistic scenes give an insight into his state of mind and the demons that were haunting him.
BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES will be a companion to a collection of Buñuel films that are available on BFI Player; UN CHIEN ANDALOU (1928), L’AGE D’OR (1930), DEATH IN THE GARDEN (1956), BELLE DE JOUR (1967), TRISTANA (1970) and THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972).