Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
Based on Fermín Solís’s graphic novel of the same name, published by Astiberri Ediciones in 2009, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles explores the particular circumstances surrounding the shooting of Land Without Bread (1933), Luis Buñuel’s third 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 first 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, the ticket is a winner and so they set out to make the movie. Buñuel and the Labyrinth of the Turtles utilizes sensitive performances as well as excerpts of Buñuel’s own footage from the production, to present a deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of an artist hunting for his purpose.