Pan's Labyrinth

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Pan's Labyrinth
(El laberinto del fauno)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Produced by Alfonso Cuarón
Guillermo del Toro
Bertha Navarro
Frida Torresblanco
Alvaro Augustin
Written by Guillermo del Toro
Starring Ivana Baquero
Doug Jones
Sergi López
Maribel Verdú
Ariadna Gil
Álex Angulo
Music by Javier Navarrete
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Editing by Bernat Vilaplana
Distributed by Warner Bros. (Mexico)
Optimum Releasing (UK)
Picturehouse (USA)
Release date(s) October 11, 2006 (Spain)
October 20, 2006 (Mexico)
24 November 2006 (UK)
December 29, 2006 (USA)
Running time 112 min.
119 min. (UK version)
Country Mexico Mexico
Spain Spain
Language Spanish
Budget $19 million[1]
Money made $83 million[1]

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Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish: El laberinto del fauno, literally The Labyrinth of the Faun) is an Academy Award-winning Spanish language fantasy movie[2][3] written and directed by Mexican movie-maker Guillermo del Toro.

Pan's Labyrinth takes place in two places, known as a dual setting: in the "real world" the story is set in Spain during 1944, and tells a story of a girl named Ofelia who is given three tasks by a mysterious faun. Meanwhile, her stepfather, the Falangist Captain Vidal, hunts the Spanish Maquis, guerrillas who continued fighting the Franco regime in the region, as her pregnant mother grows ill. The alternate setting is a secret "fantasy world" that Ofelia enters through an overgrown labyrinth garden, where she meets all manner of strange and magical creatures who become central to her story. The movie uses make-up, puppetry, and CGI effects to create its creatures.

The director of this movie, Del Toro said that he thinks the story to be a fable, influenced by fairy tales, and that it focuses on and continues themes related to his earlier movie The Devil's Backbone,[3] a spiritual sequel, though not an actual sequel. The original Spanish title refers to the mythological fauns of Greek mythology, while the English title refers specifically to the faun-like Greek god Pan (intended to help English-speakers differentiate the title from the term fawn). However, Del Toro has stated that the faun in the movie is not Pan.[3]

The movie was first shown at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. It was released in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2006. In the United States and Canada, the movie was given a limited release on December 29, 2006, with a nationwide release on January 19, 2007.[4] Pan's Labyrinth has won numerous international awards, including three Academy Awards, the Ariel Award for Best Picture, and the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.

Ivana Baquero (Ofelia) and Guillermo del Toro (Director) receive a standing ovation after the North American premiere of Pan's Labyrinth

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