Writer-director Guillermo del Toro's grim and beautiful fairy tale set in 1944 Spain is the uncanny story of young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), brought to live on a military outpost run by her sadistic stepfather (Sergi López), a captain in the Fascist army. Craving escape, Ofelia plunges into the darkest of rabbit holes when a mythical faun promises her deliverance upon completing a terrifying set of bargains. Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones also star. 119 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Spanish DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio; Subtitles: English; audio commentary by del Toro; “making-of” documentaries; featurettes; audition footage; animated prequel stories; TV spots; theatrical trailers. In Spanish with English subtitles.
An Academy Award winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan's Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone, Cronos). Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender performance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi Lopez), a sadistic captain in General Franco's army, hunts down Republican guerrillas who refuse to give up the fight. The violent reality in which she lives merges seamlessly with a fantastical interior world when Ofelia meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child's imagination and threatening the innocence of youth.