Fairytales and Fables is a free event at GOMA from 10 January to 30 March 2014.
Ranging in tone from light-hearted romps to more disturbing accounts, the program incorporates cinematic renditions and reinterpretations of classic tales, as well as original stories that combine elements of fairytale and fable with parody, experimental film and horror.
‘Fairytales and Fables’ offers an opportunity to view Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 Pan’s Labyrinth 28 February at 8.15pm and 5 March 6pm
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) is rated MA 15+ and runs for 119 minutes:
‘The film takes place during Franco’s time and thus deals with fascism. To me, fascism is the representation of total horror and is, therefore, a perfect theme for an adult fairytale. In fact, it is, above all, a form of repression of innocence and thus of childhood, which consumes a person’s soul before it consumes his body.’ Guillermo del Toro
‘Pan’s Labyrinth is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully brutal films produced in the last decade and beyond. Ofelia, a young girl enchanted by fairy tales, moves in with her sadistic stepfather, a captain for the Spanish army, as her mother enters the final months of pregnancy. One night, a fairy guides her through a labyrinth to meet a faun, who tells her she is a princess. However, before she is allowed into their alternative world, she must pass 3 grueling tests to prove herself worthy.
Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tale like no other; bleak, ruthless and violent, but mesmerising, magical and extraordinary all the same. It is a dark masterpiece, where death lurks around every corner and where innocence collides with horror, corruption and violence. The historical drama subplot of the film complements the fantasy as they seamlessly weave in and out of each other, giving the magical elements an incredibly, and sometimes disturbingly, realistic dimension. And it’s not just the visuals that are wonderfully executed, as every other aspect of the film is tuned to perfection, establishing Pan’s Labyrinthas one of the filmic highlights of the decade.’
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