No retrospective of the works of Guillermo del Toro would be complete without unforgettable 2006 fable Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno), winner of over 100 international awards, including three Academy Awards, and the National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Film of the Year.
A haunting fairy tale for adults, Pan’s Labyrinth finds a young girl named Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) traveling with her pregnant mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) to the Spanish countryside after the Spanish Civil War has ended. Waiting for them there is Carmen’s new husband Vidal (Sergi Lopez, in a towering performance), a ruthless nationalist army captain. As Ofelia’s mother becomes more frail from the pregnancy, and with her new stepfather focused on both stopping a guerilla uprising and attracting the attention of his housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verdú), Ofelia is left to her imagination, which soon finds her wandering into a mysterious labyrinth inhabited by a faun known as Pan (Doug Jones), who is immediately certain upon meeting her that Ofelia is a lost princess from the Underworld. Pan informs her that in order to return to her kingdom, she must complete three tasks to prove her royalty – but if she fails, she can never return back home to her true parents ever. Of course, in del Toro’s hands, each task is wrought with increasing peril and nightmarish gruesomeness – and more than a few parallels with the war-torn environment Ofelia finds herself in as the guerillas advance onto the farmhouse, and into Vidal’s brutal hands.
An astonishingly unique vision filled with alternating grace and horror – this is not a film to bring the kiddies to… – Pan’s Labyrinth is, like The Devil’s Backbone before it, a mesmerizing parable of the nature of monstrosity, the lingering scars of war, and the ultimate power of imagination over all things.
“Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece – a terrifying, visually wondrous fairy tale for adults that blends fantasy and gloomy drama into one of the most magical films to come along in years.” – David Germain, Associated Press
“This is a fantasy realm so fully and elegantly realized, it might be the adaptation of a classic novel. Yet the source is Del Toro’s own capacious imagination.” – Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine
“So breathtaking in its artistic ambition, so technically accomplished, so morally expansive, so fully realized, that it defies the usual critical blather. See it, and celebrate that rare occasion when a director has the audacity to commit cinema.” – Ann Hornaday Washington Post
Monday, January 22 – 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Tuesday, January 23 – 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm
Saturday, January 27 – 12pm, 2:30pm
Sunday, January 28 – 5pm