‘Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas’ is an animated film directed by Salvador Simó, which so far this year has been crowned as the best bet of Spanish animation cinema in national and international festivals. Based on the comic book of the same name written by Fermín Solis, the story tells of the shooting in the Extremadura region of Las Hurdes, by the master Luis Buñuel, of his film ‘Las Hurdes, tierra sin pan’ (The Hurdes, land without bread), in 1933.
The film produced by The Glow Animation Studio is among the three Spanish films shortlisted for the 2020 Oscars. It will compete with Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Dolor y Gloria’ and Alejandro Amenábar’s ‘Mientras dure la guerra’ to represent Spain in the 92nd edition of the Oscars in the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category.
It is the first time that the Spanish Academy considers an animation film to compete in the Oscars as Best International Film; it is preceded by ‘Chico y Rita’, by Fernando Trueba, which, in 2012, was placed in competition for Best Animation Film by the American Academy.
Salvador Simó, who is making his directorial debut, has assured that the prize for him is to “take animation seriously”, while at the same time showing his emotion for competing against “two masters like Almodóvar and Amenábar”. The director has a long career as an animator and special effects professional, has participated in films such as Narnia, The Jungle Book, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Prince of Persia to name a few.
We share with you the trailer of ‘Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas’.