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Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Las Hurdes (1933), a short, Marxist documentary by the surrealist director Luis Buñuel, has a remarkable history of origin, here depicted in beautiful animation.

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Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Not long after having made a clean break with his bourgeois family in the late 1920s, Luis Buñuel befriended painter Salvador Dali, one of Surrealism's most important representatives. They joined creative forces and made two films: in 1929 the still-shocking Un chien andalou and a year later the politically "undermining" and scandalous L'âge d'or, after which they ended up enemies for life.

Following the scandal surrounding L'âge d'or Buñuel, today known as a prominent surrealist director, was broke. Until a friend won the lottery and agreed to finance his next film: Las Hurdes, a short documentary with a Marxist spin about Extremadura, Spain, an incredibly poor rural area in those days.

Filmmaker Salvador Simó shows how that film came about using beautiful and very colourful animation, interspersed with original black-and-white images from Las Hurdes. The result is a compelling and surprising story of friendship, artistic calling and ideals.

Only on Mon April 29 with English subs at 9:30 pm.

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