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Pan’s Labyrinth to open Alamo South Lamar Jan 12

I was lucky enough to check out the first US screening of Pan's Labyrith, a surprise addition to this year's Fantastic Fest at the Alamo South Lamar. When putting pen to paper for my annual top ten films of 2006, there was no hesitation, this was it, hands down. It's a perfect film; full of beautifully lush cinematography and art direction; a complex storyline with incredibly well fleshed-out characters; a roller coaster of emotional impacts, charming fantasy, horror, suspense, sorrow; and it's all woven together with the incredibly assured hand of part-time Austinite, Guillermo Del Toro, whose presence in this town we miss dearly.

Please come and check out this movie, it opens in Austin at the Alamo South Lamar on January 12. I personally guarantee you a glorious ride. If you don't like it, you can punch me in the spleen. - Tim League, founder, Alamo Drafthouse

Also, for the opening weekend of Pan's Labyrinth, we'll have Spanish tapas and a Spanish wine flight on the menu. Check out our website for more details or to buy tickets.

"Beautiful and Exhilarating, a fairy tale for Grown-ups" - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The year's True Masterpiece, the best movie of the year" - The New York Post

PAN'S LABYRINTH is a fanciful and chilling story set against the backdrop of a fascist regime in 1944 rural Spain. It's Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable. The film centers on Ofelia, a lonely and dreamy child living with her mother and adoptive father; a military officer tasked with ridding the area of rebels. In her loneliness, Ofelia creates a world filled with fantastical creatures and secret destinies. With post-war repression at its height, Ofelia must come to terms with her world through a fable of her own creation.

Winner - Best Foreign Language Film - San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Winner - Best Foreign Language Film - New York Critics Online
Winner - Best Foreign Language Film - Washington DC Film Critics Association

Official Pan's Labyrinth Site
Del Toro, Cuaron and Inarritu on the Charlie Rose show. This is a great interview with the three Mexican directors who are obviously very close friends. It gives insight into their process, their collaboration and their sense of humor.
Fantastic Fest reviews of Pan's Labyrinth. Pan's Labyrinth had it's first US screening at Fantastic Fest 2006 at the Alamo South Lamar. This link gives you the collected blog reviews of festival attendees.
Rotten Tomatoes reviews for Pan's Labyrinth. With a stunning 99% positive rating, Pan's Labyrinth is one of the most universally loved and triumphed films of the year. Check out multiple reviews here.
Guillermo Del Toro's Official Site

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