Friday, 30 March 2007
focus on guillermo del toro
"If this is magical realism, it is also the work of a real magician" A.O Scott, The New York Times.
"(Horror) at its best, it can transcend reality and become like a fairy tale image generator; at its worst, it's fun to do."- Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro - director, magician, storyteller.
Hot on the heels of Pan's Labyrinth's three Oscar wins, ACMI's next focus season will celebrate the fabulist cinema of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro.
Creating films in his native Mexico, Spain and Hollywood, del Toro's remarkable talent and international success - together with fellow directors Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores Perros, Babel) and Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) - has cemented Mexico as a hotspot of international cinema's most distinctive voices.
A former special effects makeup artist who learnt his craft from legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist), del Toro has built a reputation as a filmmaker whose memorable visual style - which "can make the peeling of a boiled egg seem worrying"* - is more reliant on technical expertise and imagination rather than computer generated special effects.
Possessing a remarkable flair for a compelling story and a striking gothic sensibility, del Toro builds stories where characters move seamlessly through both the real and fantasy world. Monsters appear often and in many guises - a youthful ghost (The Devils Backbone), a mutated insect (Mimic), the comic-book spawn of hell (Hellboy), vampires (Cronos, Blade II) or a trickster from Greek mythology (Pan's Labyrinth).
Focus on Guillermo Del Toro will include del Toro's six films to date - his feature debut Cronos, a reworking of the vampire fable shot in his native Mexico; his two period/supernatural dramas Pan's Labyrinth (co-produced by Alfonso Cuaron) and The Devil's Backbone (produced by Pedro Almodóvar) and his Hollywood-with-a-twist outings Hellboy, Blade II and Mimic .In addition, the season will screen three features by other directors personally selected by Del Toro as among his personal favourites: Black Sunday (Mario Brava), Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton) and a very rare screening of George Romero's Martin.
To see a complete list of del Toro's favourite films + detailed program notes, click here
* Derek Malcom, 'The Guardian', 2001 review of The Devil's Backbone
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