IN A DARK TIME, WHEN HOPE WAS BLEAK, THERE LIVED A YOUNG GIRL, WHO’S ONLY ESCAPE WAS IN A LEGEND THAT WANTED HER BACK. THE LEGEND SPEAKS OF THE LOST SOUL OF A PRINCESS FROM ANOTHER WORLD, WHO WOULD ONE DAY BE REBORN. THERE WILL BE SIGNS THAT MARK HER RETURN. THERE WILL BE SECRETS THAT REVEAL HER DESTINY. THERE WILL BE A JOURNEY THAT WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE.Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro delivers a unique, richly imagined epic with Pan’s Labyrinth, a Gothic fairytale for adults, set against the postwar repression of Franco’s Spain.
For Ofelia, fables of good and evil, magic and danger are a window onto the world, even though her mother Carmen would like her to put her childhood favorites behind her in fear her new husband and Ofelia’s stepfather, Captain Vidal, would not approve. When a dragonfly captures Ofelia’s attention during a roadside stop while being on their way to her new home, it is not a gangly insect that she follows, but a glistening emerald ambassador, welcoming her to its domain.
There is little sense of welcome however, when Ofelia and Carmen arrive at their destination. Vidal has converted their new home – an abandoned mill - into a military headquarters and is not particularly looking forward to be a parent of the dreamy girl. In this tense and fearful environment, Ofelia finds a friend in the housekeeper Mercedes, who introduces her to the mills neglected old garden, a labyrinth that becomes Ofelia's dark refuge from loneliness and sorrow. It is a place of fantastical creatures and powerful talismans, presided over by a teasing inscrutable Faun, and it is here that Ofelia will come to terms with the world as she now knows it – and with the monsters that live not only in her imagination, but in her daily life.
Pan’s Labyrinth is del Toro’s most personal work to date, fusing his deep understanding of childhood with his extravagant imagination and his abiding interest in the Spanish Civil War. ‘I have been fascinated by fairy tales and the mechanics at work in them since my early childhood.’
Pan’s Labyrinth will open in European movie theaters in November 2006 and in the USA one month later. -B-
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