Following the overwhelming sucess of their first screening, the Riverside Young Film Programmers Group have chosen another classic - Pan's Labyrinth !
The RYFPG are aged 16-26 and meet monthly at The Riverside to discuss film, learn about the industry and to market and promote a film screening that they choose. You can read more about the group here, and how to join.
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 Shape of Water and the soon to be released, Nightmare Alley).
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 López), a sadistic captain in General Francisco Franco’s army, hunts down Republican guerrillas refusing to give up the fight. The violent reality in which Ofelia lives merges seamlessly with her fantastical interior world when she 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.
Programme Type: Film
Strand Type: Young Film Programmers Group
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Maribel Verdu
Running Time: 119 minutes