Guillermo Del Toro on the Real Life of Fairy Tales

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hide captionIvana Baquero stars in Pan's Labrynth as Ofelia, a young girl who falls into a strange and dangerous world full of fairies and scary, odd creatures.

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Ivana Baquero stars in Pan's Labrynth as Ofelia, a young girl who falls into a strange and dangerous world full of fairies and scary, odd creatures.

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hide captionGuillermo del Toro wrote and directed Pan's Labyrinth, nominated for six Academy Awards.

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hide captionExotic creatures dot the landscape in Pan's Labrynth.

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Exotic creatures dot the landscape in Pan's Labrynth.

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Director Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to the grotesque and the fantastic.

His past films includes the vampire flick Cronos and the comic-book adaptation Hellboy. His latest movie, Pan's Labyrinth, is a dark and dreamy fairy tale that earned six Oscar nominations.

Del Toro sets his film in a remote mountain outpost in Spain in 1944, in the aftermath of the civil war. It stars Ivana Baquero as Ofelia, a young girl whose father is dead and whose mother is pregnant with her new husband's baby. That husband is Captain Vidal, a brutal captain in Franco's army, who ignores his new wife and stepdaughter and is interested only in his unborn child.

As Vidal ruthlessly hunts down anti-Franco guerrilla fighters, Ofelia escapes from her dreary reality into an equally dark fantasy world, full of strange and scary creatures.

Del Toro, who grew up in Mexico, has always been absorbed in horror films and fairy tales, which he sees as just another way for humans to understand their world.

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