Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles follows the journey of surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel. Much like Another Day of Life , the film combines live-action documentary footage with animation. The graphic content will no doubt shock and disturb many viewers, just as I’m sure Buñuel would have wanted.
It’s refreshing to see passionate highbrow discussions about the nature of art and surrealism. These days “High Art” has all but died in favor of commercial pop-culture. It’s astounding to witness a film that is committed to surrealism but also resonates. The film is elevated but never so indulgent or abstract as to become obtuse “art house.”
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles is another stunning example of provocative adult animation that tells a story that could not have been accomplished in live-action alone.