BUNUEL : IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES has finally found a publishing house with SELFMADEHERO. It has already been adapted into a film. A well received, stunning film I am eager to see and one that has been close to the awards. The life of Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel (possibly the greatest surrealist ever), covered the civil war of Spain, World War II and the shifting post war cultural life of the world. One that saw everything from gender to religion.

IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES follows his life post the release of his second masterpiece L’AGE D’OR. He is at a crucial turning point in his career. Doubting surrealism can change the life and politics of his time and contemplated neo realist cinema. This is stirred by his time in a place called Las Hurdes. Seeing the extreme misery of the people who lived in this remote region, so with his friend, the movie producer Ramón Acín, he began work on the pseudo-documentary Land Without Bread. It seems that a great surrealist, cant escape how his imagination, dreams and childhood memories blur. Confusing his ideas and defusing the truth through it. Becoming a moment of change for all.

Fermín Solís, is a renowned Spanish cartoonist and here he has achieved something, however softened. He captures a portion of Bunuel life, loathing and lust for a new way of expression. He gauges how dreams and imagination were the magic of his resistance. He might become a little lost in his childhood over his immediate but he gets that Surrealism is more than just a bunch of images. BUNUEL : IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES is something that both Solis and Bunuel begin to revel in. Bunuel because he comes out anew, Solis because he grafts a solid narrative. I enjoyed how this was manifested in images but in the end I still felt robbed. Mainly because it lacks all of the past of his early, great works. All of his ambition and drive. All of why he started and how it grew.


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