Saturday, December 30, 2006

A Film The Mir's Dying To See:
Del Toro's PAN'S LABYRINTH

In a dark time when hope was bleak, there lived a young girl whose 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.

In darkness, there can be light.
In misery, there can be beauty.
In death, there can be life.



This is one of those films I've been hearing and reading about, and soon, oh soon, I will be able to see it.

If you've been having an extended nap under a speculative film repelling rock, let me fill you in. PAN'S LABYRINTH is a much accalimed, multi-award winning fantasy film by the director of HELLBOY, BLADE II (the only decent one of the three Blade films), and one of my most favorite horror flicks, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE. I own the DVDs of all three, cause me likes Guillermo Del Toro. And, well, speculative stuff, yeah.

But I'm just super-psyched to see the new one.

If you haven't yet seen the trailer, you can find it at the official website for PAN'S LABYRINTH --where you can also click to read a synopsis of the film's story--or just head over to this YouTube.Com version.

For the artistically inclined--you out there, Pixy?--there's a sketchbook contest with a Feb 2007 deadline. Details are at the official site. Also some cool, eerie music--with grand sweeping moments that feel like a strong wind--while you browse there.

Guillermo Del Toro and the child star of the film, Ivana Baquero, answer questions about the film in the three parts of UNSCRIPTED:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Guillermo del Toro: "I've always liked the fairy tales, and I've always wanted to do one that was dark and scary..I set it against fascist Spain in 1944, a scary time."

Those of you who know me are aware I have a big fairy tale thing. And I like spooky. (Not gory, spooky--big difference)

If THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE is an indication, which I assume it is, of how Del Toro can get believable and vulnerable performances from very young actors, letting kids be both dark and light, both terrified and curiously intrepid, as kids can be, then I expect young Ivana to be superb in this obviously worth-catching flick.

(I just hope the pro-socialist stuff is a bit contained. That can peeve.)

3 comments:

Elliot said...

Sounds interesting! And this is the first I've heard of it. I guess I've been living under a rock...

Mike Duran said...

This is up there with Children of Men for me, Mir. The effects world looks awesome! The film's subtitled, however, which may be a minor drawback for already near illiterate Americans. I've never seen The Devil's Backbone, so I'll definitely check it out.

Mirtika said...

I'm an advantage, since I don't have to read the subtitles. Plus, I love the sound of Spain Spanish. They have that "th-the" thing going that's somewhat amusing and a particular sound to the "s" and the vowels that I find thrilling. I so dig hearing Penelope Cruz speaking Spanish. :)

I actually don't mind dubbing if they get really good actors and do it seamlessly. There's no excuse why a really good film can't get A-level actors doing dubbing with excellent expression and with sound techs meshing it perfectly with the regular sounds of the action.

I plan to buy the DVD, and I haven't even seen it yet. :D

Mir