Pan's Labyrinth

Fri Nov 30 - 6:00 PM, Sat Dec 1 - 9:00 PM Fri, Nov 30 - Sat, Dec 1, 2012

Venue: Paramount Center, Bright Family Screening Room

559 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111


Artsemerson Box Office


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ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage presents Pan's Labyrinth. This first feature film by French director Jean Cocteau tackles the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast in a visually arresting and mythical fashion. A poor merchant leaves his home and three daughters behind to venture into the woods. Here, he encounters a magnificent castle and goes inside. When drawn to a rose, a beast appears, giving the father an ultimatum: either he dies or one of his daughters must come to live in the castle with the Beast. Belle, the youngest and persecuted daughter, sacrifices her life to save her father, only to find that the Beast is not as untamable as she once thought. This motion picture version later inspired Phillip Glass to compose an operatic scoring for the film. In a Viking village where dragons attack frequently and burn everything to the ground, you don't want to bring one home as a pet. Hiccup, the young and out of place son of the Viking chief, has spent his entire life being shunned and cannot seem to kill a dragon even if his life depended on it. When he encounters a young dragon in the woods one day, he sees a new side of them: not the fire-breathing, terrifying dragon his town fears so much, but a personable and humorous companion. In a bold decision, Hiccup decides to secretly tame the dragon, even if his father--chief Stoick the Vast--disapproves. Plus, maybe this will be his chance to impress the lovely Astrid who has seemed so far out of his league. Featuring the voices of Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig, this adventurous animated film is sure to please audience members of all ages. Ofelia, a young girl living in the tumultuous landscape of fascist Spain in 1944, finds a refuge from her oppressive military stepfather by reading fairytales. When she discovers a mystical labyrinth controlled by an other-worldly faun, she is pulled into a dark, twisted world that both frightens and intrigues her. The faun sets Ofelia on a quest that promises to save her and her mother. Before long, the lines between fantasy and reality blur, and Ofelia finds herself in the middle of a battle between good and evil rather than the fairytale she had imagined. A fascinating look at child psychology brought to the screen by the bizarre and brilliant mind of writer/director Guillermo Del Toro, this "fairytale for adults" won three Academy Awards for Art Direction, Make-Up and Cinematography.

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