Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish Spanish-language
Spanish language
Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

 dark fantasy film
Dark fantasy
Dark fantasy is a term used to describe a fantasy story with a pronounced horror element.-Overview:A strict definition for dark fantasy is difficult to pin down. Gertrude Barrows Bennett has been called "the woman who invented dark fantasy". Both Charles L...

, written and directed by Mexican
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 film-maker Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director, producer, screenwriter, novelist and designer. He is mostly known for his acclaimed films, Blade II, Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy film franchise. He is a frequent collaborator with Ron Perlman, Federico Luppi and Doug Jones...

. It was produced and distributed by the Mexican film company Esperanto Films
Esperanto Films
Esperanto Films is a Mexico City based company that produces and distributes films. It is owned by Alfonso Cuarón. Its partner company is Producciones Anhelo, owned by Jorge Vergara, a Mexican business man, as well as Cuarón....

. The film was selected by the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas (English
English language
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: Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences) to represent the country in the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.

Pan's Labyrinth takes place in Spain in May–June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil WarAlso known as The Crusade among Nationalists, the Fourth Carlist War among Carlists, and The Rebellion or Uprising among Republicans. was a major conflict fought in Spain from 17 July 1936 to 1 April 1939...

, during the early Francoist period.

And it is said that the Princess returned to her father's kingdom. That she reigned there with justice and a kind heart for many centuries. That she was loved by her people. And that she left behind small traces of her time on Earth, visible only to those who know where to look.

[to Mercedes] Have you seen my mother? She's very beautiful.

[to the giant toad] Hello. I am Princess Moanna, and I am not afraid of you.

I choose to be here because I want my son to be born in a new, clean Spain.

We catch one and he turns out to be a stutterer. Fuck! We'll be here all night.

Carmen: The captain has been so good to us... Please, Ofelia, call him father. It's just a word, Ofelia, just a word.

Garcés: [surrounded by men, Mercedes holds the paring knife against her throat] If anyone is going to kill you, I'd rather it be me.