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Coming Soon: ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles’

Perhaps by January, the animated story of Luis Buñuel and how he became who he became will be on the festival circuit. Animated out of Spain by The Glow Animation Studio created by Manuel Cristóbal, Salvador Simó and José Mª Fdez. de Vega, in Almendralejo, in the region of Extremadura in the Southwest of Spain where Las Hurdes is also located where Luis Buñuel filmed his documentary Land Without Bread in the 1930s and the location where the studio is shooting its first feature film, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles based on the graphic novel of the same name by Fermín Solís.

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1930, Paris, the film L’Age d’Or is a scandal and Luis Buñuel,
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Cannes: Manuel Cristóbal, Salvador Simó Talk about ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’

Cannes — One of Spain’s most prestigious Spanish animation producers, Manuel Cristóbal (“Wrinkles,” “Dragonkeeper”) presents on May 23 at Cannes’ Animation Day the awaited animated feature”Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.”

Produced by Spain’s The Glow Animation Studio and Dutch outfit Submarine, the film turns on the days that surrealist Luis Buñuel spent in Spain’s isolated mountains of Las Hurdes, shooting what became a masterpiece, “Land Without Bread,” a documentary about daily life in one of the poorest parts of Europe.

Buñuel” is directed by first-timer Salvador Simó, who studied in Los Angeles at The American Animation Institute. Simó has worked in the layout department on Disney’s ” The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ” and has directed Bangkok-based Monk Studio TV animation series “Paddle Pop Adventures.” Latido Films handles “Buñuel”‘s international sales.

What were the origins of “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”?

Manuel Cristóbal
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Submarine to co-produce next film from 'Life, Animated' director

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Exclusive: New project is a “provocative” look at the Us prison system.

Submarine, the independent film and transmedia production company set up by Femke Wolting and Bruno Felix in 2000, is to co produce American Jail (working title), the latest film from Roger Ross Williams, director of Oscar-nominated Life, Animated (pictured).

Billed as “a deeply personal and provocative film,” the feature doc follows Roger Ross Williams as he sets out on a journey to understand the complex forces at work in America’s prison system.

He embarks on a search for solutions to help the community he came from in Easton, Pennsylvania. Other partners on the project include CNN, BBC and the Why foundation.

Submarine is also producing another provocative new feature doc The Method Bellingcat, about online group Bellingcat (formerly known as The Brown Moses blog), founded by citizen journalist Eliot Higgins.

Leicester-based blogger Higgins attracted a worldwide following for his work identifying the provenance of weapons
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Cartoon Movie wraps, Latido to grow animation offering

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Cartoon Movie wraps, Latido to grow animation offering
France animation event eyes permanent home in Bordeaux.

Madrid-based sales company Latido Films is looking to ramp up its animation offering.

Speaking to Screen during last week’s Cartoon Movie co-production forum in Bordeaux, Latido’s managing director and founding partner Antonio Saura explained: “I felt that there was something missing in our animation line-up until now, something that corresponded with the other types of movies we were carrying and which involved more adult, entertaining, intelligent movies with a niche quality.”

Latido Films’ sales roster to date has included animation titles Pacific Pirates, Birds Of Paradise, and A Valiant Rooster.

The company will now be handling sales on Salvador Simó Busom’s Bunuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles which the director pitched in Bordeaux as a project in development with Manuel Cristóbal’s Sygnatia Films and their joint company The Glow Animation Studio .

The adaptation of the graphic novel by Fermin Solis centres on a chapter
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Latido, Submarine Board ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’

Madrid-based sales agent Latido Films is set to represent world sales on Salvador Simó’s animated feature “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” about Spanish legend Luis Buñuel’s shooting 1932’s “Land Without Bread,” a 27-minute documentary on daily life in Spanish mountains of Las Hurdes, then one of the poorest crannies of Europe, as the documentary stresses.

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” will be co-produced by Dutch production company Submarine.

Produced by a friend of Buñuel’s, Ramón Acín, “Land Without Bread” is considered a masterpiece. It allowed Buñuel to satisfy both his marxist convictions and surrealist creed and reflected his fascination at “the helplessness [of ‘Las Hurdes’] dwellers” and their “devotion to this remote land,” Buñuel said in his memoirs “My Last Breath.”

No other Buñuel movie is maybe so fascinating in its creation, the major political and artistic currents it channels, its polemics and the tragic fate
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‘Wrinkles’ Producer, Glow Studio Board Buñuel Toon Pic

Madrid — Almost 33 years after his death, Spanish film legend Luis Buñuel is back again, this time as the leading character of an animated feature project, “Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas” (Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles), based on his filming the celebrated – and at its time controversial – 1932 documentary “Land Without Bread,” now reckoned one of his greatest films.

Shot in the Extremaduran mountains of Las Hurdes, “Land Without Bread” was a film which satisfied Buñuel’s left-wing convictions while he also found the ethos in one of the poorest parts of Europe, of surrealism, a credo which informed his whole career.

The toon film project, which also aims to portray Buñuel’s evolution as an artist, is produced by Manuel Cristobal at Sygnatia in partnership with Jose Fernandez de Vega’s animation studio Glow, and has been pre-bought by Spanish pubcaster Rtve.

Helmed by Salvador Simo and written by Eligio Montero (“Desaparecida,
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Uncovering and Rediscovering New Grounds at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival 2015

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I haven’t traveled all I have to Buenos Aires and back to tell you about how this festival, alongside Mar del Plata and Valdivia (this last one in Chile), form the triad of the most important festivals of Latin America, because if you know about it, you know about it. People that have travelled to Argentina for the past 17 years in April have felt the presence of cinema in the streets—and Buenos Aires is a big city. The importance of a festival that brings over 300 titles, some of them for the first time crossing an ocean, is fundamental for the Latino viewer, as well for those who want to make the effort and come to see the movies that play here. On a closer look, what plays here may seem to be eclectic at times, it is purely due to what seems to be the motto of the festival: discovery.
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Retro Review 1981: Pixote

Pixote: a Lei do Mais Fraco (Original Release Date: 5 May 1981)

Hector Babenco's Pixote is a movie about kids trying to survive in a world that doesn't seem to want to let them.  Outside of a documentary short like Ciro Durán's Gamín, my guess is that era reviews didn't have much to compare Pixote to beyond Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados or Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. I'd also guess that not all of these comparisons were flattering. Babenco's direction here lacks the visual punch of Buñuel's, and his characters are nowhere near as well-formed as Dickens's. With any Buñuel comparison, one must contend a sophistication that, to this day, leads people to argue over how much of the work is earnest, and how much of it is ironic or parodic. (This excludes film students.  I'd say film students still love to debate whether Las Hurdes is a
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