dark fantasy film
, written and directed by Mexican
film-maker Guillermo del Toro
. It was produced and distributed by the Mexican film company Esperanto Films
. The film was selected by the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas (English
: 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
, 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.