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Academy Award-Winner 'Pan's Labyrinth'
to Screen at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 1-4

RELEASED: Oct. 25, 2007

scene from Pan's LabyrinthEAU CLAIRE — "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006), winner of three Academy Awards and nominated as Best Foreign Language Film, will screen Nov. 1-4 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. "Swift and accessible entertainment, blunt in its power and exquisite in its effects" (The New York Times), Guillermo Del Toro's film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

A gothic fairy tale 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 cruelty, 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. The director, Guillermo Del Toro, unapologetically and unpretentiously swears allegiance to a pop-fantasy tradition that encompasses comic books, science fiction and horror movies, but fan-boy pastiche is the last thing on his mind. He is also a thoroughgoing cinephile, steeped in classical technique and film history. ... 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."

In Spanish subtitled in English, "Pan's Labyrinth" is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the International Film Society.

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