New trailer from GKIDS for the 2D story on one of the greatest film directors, Luis Buñuel.

Produced by Manuel Cristobal (Wrinkles) and directed by former Disney animator Salvador Simo, the 2D animation film gives its own take on the famous Spanish surrealist director.

Based on the graphic novel by Fermin Solis, and his filming Land Without Bread (Tierra Sin Pan) in 1933, immediately after the outrage his earlier film, L'Age D'Or (1930) caused.

In a stranger-than-fiction tale befitting the master surrealist filmmaker, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles tells the true story of how Buñuel made his second movie. Paris, 1930. Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel are main figures of the Surrealist movement, but Buñuel is left penniless after a scandal surrounding his first film L'Age d'Or. However, his good friend, the sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket with the promise that, if he wins, he will pay for his next film. Incredibly, luck is on their side, the ticket is a winner and so they set out to make the movie. Both a buddy adventure and fascinating episode of cinematic history, Buñuel and the Labyrinth of the Turtles utilizes sensitive performances as well as excerpts of Buñuel's own footage from the production, to present a deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of an artist hunting for his purpose.

The new US trailer mixes animation and Buñuel material, and creates a sense of conflict, deceit and social relevance.

Manolo Galiana, who was animation director in Chico and Rita (and lead animator in Chomet's The Illusionist) resumes duties here as animation director. The film is produced by Sygnatia, Glow, The Glow Animation Studio, Submarine Hampa, Telemadrid, and Canal Extremadura TV.

International sales are handled by Latido Films. GKIDS will distribute the film in selected US theaters in 2019.

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