The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Spotlighting two gifted directors for Hispanic Heritage month is Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, an animated movie from Salvador Simo about one of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers. 

After his first solo film project causes a scandal, Luis Buñuel is left with a shattered reputation and penniless. When his friend Ramón Acin offers to fund his next film, Luis jumps at the chance. Though Luis initially envisions the project as a shock documentary, the more involved he gets in the film, the more he has to face himself and the real-life impact of his artistic ambitions.

Based on the true story of the filming of Las HurdesBuñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles honors its subject by beautifully depicting both surrealist imagery and the struggles of reality.


“Based on a graphic novel, this terrific Spanish toon explores the making of Luis Bunuel’s Las Hurdes—and by extension, the director himself.” — Peter Debruge, Variety

Buñuel is above all a good story elegantly told, transcending its obviously niche appeal and showing that Spanish animation, following last year’s multiple award-winning Another Day of Life, is looking healthy.” — Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

“[A] beautiful reaction of the filming of Las Hurdes.” — Adrea G. Bermejo, Cinemania

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles