Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno)

October 28, 2016, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California

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Pan’s Labyrinth tells the story of Ophelia, a girl whose love of fairy tales is contrasted with the harsh reality of early-Francoist Spain. In 1944, Ophelia (Ivana Baquero) goes to live with her pregnant mother (Ariadne Gil) and her new stepfather, a sadistic army captain (Sergi Lopez). One night, Ophelia is led by a fairy to an ancient labyrinth, where a mysterious faun (Doug Jones, who also plays the labyrinth’s child-eating Pale Man) tells her she’s the reincarnation of the underworld’s lost Princess Moanna. In order to prove her identity, she must enter the fantastical world and complete a series of three terrifying tasks. However, the world above, the human realm of rebels and executions and ideology, is even more threatening. Pan’s Labyrinth is hauntingly beautiful, a fairy tale in the pre-Disney tradition; children aren’t protected from a world filled with violence, cruelty, darkness, and death. The film was well received at Cannes, and went on to receive numerous awards, including Oscars for Cinematography, Make-up, and Art Direction and nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film. Visually sumptuous and both delicate and brutal, Pan’s Labyrinth, like its relative The Devil’s Backbone, shows a child insisting on the freedom to choose in a world darkened by fascism.

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