Pan's Labyrinth Receives Standing Ovation at Toronto Film Fest
by Alex Billington
September 11, 2006
Amidst much controversy that has occurred recently at film festivals (most recently The Fountain being booed at the Venice Film Festival), a newsworthy positive reaction has finally come out from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that is currently underway. Director/screenwriter Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film Pan's Labyrinth was shown at the TIFF Sunday afternoon and received a lengthy standing ovation including cheers after the screening ended. Fellow news site Cinematical is reporting from the TIFF and posted the exciting news last night.
Pan's Labyrinth is a Spanish-language film that has been receiving an incredible amount of positive feedback early of its release in theaters on December 29th of this year. The film is complete, including the DVD, as Guillermo mentioned he was working on the DVD a few weeks back in an interview at LatinoReview.com. Pan's Labyrinth is a very visually stunning movie about a young girl who moves to a rural area up North in Spain in post-war 1944. Ofelia, the girl, lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and must come to terms with the real world that surrounds her.
In addition to latest amazing trailer for Pan's Labyrinth that was released just a week back, JoBlo.com and LatinoReview.com have written glowing reviews for the film (9/10 and an "A" rating respectively). You can also find our Comic-Con panel coverage in our archives. This movie is receiving not only a lot of hype through its trailers and photos, but incredible reviews. This is a film that will break the bounds of the typical Hollywood "crap" that gets released all year long - a rare happening. I'm looking forward to its release in December and I hope many others out there are as well.
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