Friday, September 12, 2014 > 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 > 2 p.m. + 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 14, 2014 > 2 p.m.
Woodland Theater of Davies Center
Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated as Best Foreign Language Film, this gothic fairy tale is set against the postwar repression of Franco's Spain. The story unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), a dreamy little girl who is uprooted to a military outpost in rural Spain commanded by her new stepfather. Powerless and lonely in the presence of unfathomable crueltly, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable in an old, neglected garden labyrinth filled with fantastical creatures, presided over by a teasing, inscrutable Faun (Doug Jones). Here Ofelia will come to terms with the world as she now knows it — and with the monsters that live not only in her imagination, but in her daily life.
"Set in a dark Spanish forest in a very dark time — 1944, when Spain was still in the early stages of the fascist nightmare from which the rest of Europe was painfully starting to awaken ... Pan’s Labyrinth is a political fable in the guise of a fairy tale. Or maybe it's the other way around," wrote A.O. Scott in The New York Times. "The brilliance of Pan’s Labyrinth is that its current of imaginative energy runs both ways. If this is magic realism, it is also the work of a real magician. ... He uses the feverish inventiveness of a vulnerable child’s imagination as the basis for his own utterly original, seamlessly effective exploration of power, corruption and resistance."
Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.
Mexico + Spain + United States 2006
In Spanish subtitled in English
Rated R for graphic violence and some language
Directed by Guillermo del Toro