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Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Paris, 1930. The infamous surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel is left penniless after the scandalous release of ‘L’Age d’Or’ leads to a falling out with collaborator Salvador Dalí. On a whim, Buñuel’s good friend, sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket and promises to devote his winnings to fund Buñuel’s next film. Incredibly, Ramón wins the jackpot, sending the two friends to the remote mountains of their native Spain to film the documentary ‘Las Hurdes: Land Without Bread.’ Driven by mad artistic impulse and haunted by childhood memories, Buñuel must confront the specter of mortality looming over the lives of his subjects –and his own.

In a stranger-than-fiction tale befitting the master filmmaker, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles tells the true story behind a fascinating episode in cinematic history, utilizing sensitive performances as well as excerpts from Buñuel’s filmography to present a deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of an artist hunting for his purpose.

“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.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Friday, August 9
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Sharp! Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for main floor seating and bar service.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

BUNUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLESBuñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas” (Salvador Simó, 2019 / 77 mins / 14A / English subtitles) Paris, 1930. Luis Buñuel is penniless after the scandal surrounding the release of his first movie. Sculptor Ramón Acín, a good friend, buys a lottery ticket and promises Buñuel that he will pay for his next movie if he wins the prize.

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