Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
delivers a unique, richly imagined epic with PAN’S
LABYRINTH, a gothic fairy tale set against the postwar
repression of Franco’s Spain. Del Toro’s sixth and most
ambitious film, PAN’S LABYRINTH combines the historic and
moral themes of his acclaimed Spanish Civil War ghost story
THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE with the protean visual creativity and
gripping dynamics of such previous films as HELLBOY and
BLADE II. Harnessing
the formal characteristics of classic folklore to a 20th
Century landscape, del Toro delivers a timeless tale of good
and evil, bravery and sacrifice, love and loss.
PAN’S LABYRINTH unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a dreamy
little girl who is uprooted to a rural military outpost
commanded by her new stepfather. Powerless and lonely in a
place of unfathomable cruelty, Ofelia lives out her own dark
fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human.
As Ofelia, the gifted young Spanish actress Ivana Baquero
holds the screen with a remarkable combination of innocence
and maturity, vulnerability and strength. Baquero is joined
by a superb cast that includes international stars Sergí
Lopez (DIRTY PRETTY THINGS), Maribel Verdú (Y TU MAMÁ
TAMBIÉN) and Ariadna Gil (BELLE ÉPOQUE), as well as frequent
del Toro collaborator Doug Jones (HELLBOY).
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