Note: October 8 screening is preceded by the short film EARLY AUTUMN and October 11 screening is preceded by the short film FAR FROM THE DISTANCE WE SEE

“So breathtaking in its artistic ambition, so technically accomplished, so morally expansive, so fully realized that it defies the usual critical blather. See it, and celebrate that rare occasion when a director has the audacity to commit cinema.” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Del Toro's gratifying surreal and fantastical instincts now have an unstinting moral eye on the world. Saying a filmmaker has matured suggests that he's forgone what made him so entertaining in the first place.” - Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

October 8 & 11 | In this visually wondrous and acclaimed fairy tale - more Grim than Disney - set just after the Spanish Civil War, del Toro explores the impact of trauma and war on the innocence of youth. After Ofelia and her pregnant mother are sent to the countryside to live with her abusive, facist stepfather, Ofelia’s violent reality blurs with the fantastical when she enters a world of magic.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Academy Awards
Winner - Best Film not in the English Language, Best Costume Design, Best Make Up & Hair, BAFTA Awards
Winner - Best Original Screenplay, Best New Actress (Ivana Baquero), Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Makeup and Hairstyles, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Goya Awards

Cine Latine: Introducing Cine Latine the Film Center’s new program honoring Latin American films and filmmakers, with year-round showcases of established auteurs alongside emerging voices. This October 7-13, join us for five films from acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Each screening in this series will be preceded by a short film made by a local, Latine-identifying filmmaker. Join us for the full series, and on October 9, when we celebrate del Toro’s 58th birthday with drink specials! The full program of short films will be presented in full on October 13 at 8:15pmLearn more about the short films below, and view the full series here.


2019-ongoing dir. Carolina González Valencia, USA, 4 min, 27 sec, In Spanish with English subtitles
Postales is a window that exposes the stillness, silence, and distance of the winter landscape. Postales blur the lines between still image and video to explore the dichotomy of physical, emotional, and interior/exterior spaces. An opportunity to bring two spaces together to create a third. A collaboration with sound artist and composer Gabriel Bolaños. Presented Friday, October 7 at 6:00PM before THE SHAPE OF WATER, Thursday, October 13 at 8:30PM before CRIMSON PEAK and Thursday, October 13 at 8:15PM. 

2016, dir. Pablo Monterrubio, USA, Mexico, 24 min, 29 sec, No dialogue 
Distraught at the realization that she is trapped and suffocated, a woman who works in a Mexico City fish market begins to transform into a fish. She escapes into the ocean, where she discovers the dark cyclical nature of her reality. Content consideration: fish processing imagery. Presented Friday, October 7 at 8:30PM before THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, Sunday, October 9 at 6:15PM before NIGHTMARE ALLEY, and Thursday, October 13 at 8:15PM. 

2019, dir. Mev Luna, USA, 8 min, 11 sec, In Spanish with English subtitles 
In this video essay narrated by the disembodied, posthumous voices of the artists’ male family members - their late father and their tío - the viewer is led on an oral history journey. Time is non-linear and cyclical, both ending and beginning with the strike of a match. The narrators of this work were the children of migrant laborers, picking cotton and okra as sharecroppers/tenant farmers through Navarro County, Texas in the 1940s - 50s. The brothers’ separate lives were both tethered to manual labor, from imprisonment and work as a prison farm laborer, to work in a hat factory. On a road trip, the filmmaker tries to situate their current self within these contexts, bridging memories and inaccessible sites through simulation technology and digital renderings. Presented Saturday, October 8 at 3:30PM before THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00PM before PAN’S LABYRINTH, and Thursday, October 13 at 8:15PM.

2022, dir. Cookie Estés, USA, 10 min, 17 sec, In English and Spanish with English subtitles
From the festering wound of an impulsive decision is born Isa’s fear that her abuela is forgetting her. Any twenty-something could tell you they’ve chopped off their hair to regain agency in uncertain times. Instant regret: what if this exacerbates her dying abuela’s dementia? Instant defiance: her mother’s disapproving opinion is unwelcome. The harder Isa bites down on the spot of her tongue that tastes like remorse, the more decapitated hair crawls up her drain pipes; a manifestation of her complex anticipatory grief. No choice but to confront it. This horror is a commentary on Latine beauty standards - especially ones that concern women’s hair and are perpetuated by mothers. Presented Saturday, October 8 at 6:00PM before CRIMSON PEAK, Monday, October 10 at 8:00PM before NIGHTMARE ALLEY, and Thursday, October 13 at 8:15PM. 

2021, dir. Fernando Saldivia Yáñez, USA, 3 min, 57 sec, No dialogue
Poetic observation of non-human rhythms of life. Stopping for a brief moment on the routines of different beings, EARLY AUTUMN reflects on a world that runs outside human concerns, despite existing in "our" backyards. Presented Saturday, October 8 at 8:30PM before PAN’S LABYRINTH, Sunday, October 9 at 3:30PM before THE SHAPE OF WATER, and Thursday, October 13 at 8:15PM. 

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