The Frida Cinema brings Guillermo del Toro’s beautiful dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) back to the big screen as part of our continued 5 Year Anniversary month of Frida audience-favorite programming!
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).
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.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro. 2006. 118 minutes. Rated R.
Wednesday, February 20 – 2pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Thursday, February 21 – 2pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
“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