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 Hispanic directors for Hispanic Heritage month is the Spanish animated film Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles—directed by director/visual affects artist Salvador Simo (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)—about the one of the godfathers of the Surrealist Movement, director Luis Buñuel.

After his first solo film project, L’Age d’Or (Age of Gold), causes a scandal, Luis Buñuel is left with a shattered reputation and penniless. When his friend, Ramón Acin, offers to fund his next film, the short documentary, Las Hurdes: Land Without Bread, 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 Luis Buñuel’s adventure of filming Las Hurdes, the animated Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles beautifully depicts 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