Celebrating Guillermo del Toro

A Lovecraftian at heart, a great reader of Jorge Luis Borges, a fan of fights and comics, nostalgic for classic monsters, a living machine for creating vampires for celluloid, renamed Totoro by a Japanese girl, always concerned with supporting the emerging scene of filmmakers and social causes, Guillermo del Toro is a multifaceted character, of whom you will be able to enjoy seven films from his filmography, as well as a title produced by him and a film restored thanks to his help, from November 17 to 20 at the UNAM University Cultural Center.

The Film Library of the UNAM has programmed this cycle on the occasion of the degree Doctor honoris cause granted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico to Guillermo del Toro. The functions will be free admission in the Julio Bracho and José Revueltas Halls of the UNAM.

In the cycle you can see classic films such as Cronos (Mexico, 1993), del Toro’s debut, winner of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival and 9 Arieles among which stand out: Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Also known as The Invention of Cronos, this film has a script written by Guillermo himself, where he raises the existence of an impossible artifact created during the New Spanish Viceroyalty by a mysterious alchemist, whose secret mechanism is an insect that consumes human blood and is capable of offering immortality. The film stars Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel, Tamara Shanat, Daniel Giménez Cacho, among others.

Another film that will be screened is Mimic (USA, 1997), based on the homonymous story by Donald A. Wollheim, with a script by Del Toro and Matthews Robbins, starring Mira Sorvino and which addresses the story of a disease spread by cockroaches that is causing deaths among the children’s population of Manhattan. In an attempt to counter this epidemic, Dr. Susan Tyler mutates between insects to create a new species that secretes a substance that kills cockroaches. Said species was programmed to die after its first generation; However, it seems that the experiment has gone wrong and the consequences are already preparing to emerge from the sewers.

The Devil’s Backbone (Spain, 2000) is a classic from the Guillermo Del Toro universe that can be seen on the big screen. Produced by Del Toro himself, Pedro Almodóvar and Bertha Navarro, the film stars Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega and Federico Luppi. It is a ghost story set in 1939, just after the civil war, where we follow Carlos, a 10-year-old boy who arrives at an orphanage for orphans of Republican victims. His presence will alter the daily routine of a school scarred by war and that hides a strange secret.

Based on Mike Mignola’s comic Hellboy, the films Hellboy (USA, 2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, USA – Germany, 2007), both starring Ron Perlman, will be exhibited within this cycle.who plays a kind of vigilante demon who works in the area of ​​paranormal investigation, getting rid of monsters that threaten the peace and survival of the human being.

The film will also be shown Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain – Mexico – USA, 2006), winner of three Oscars, as well as seven Goya awards. Starring Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Ariadna Gil and Maribel Verdú, the film tells the story of little Ofelia, whose stepfather, Captain Vidal, is a cruel man who leads the Francoist army in post-war Spain. and his mission is to eliminate the last republicans. In this context, Ofelia enters a fantastic world through a labyrinth where a faun lives, who lets her know that she is actually the princess of a fantasy kingdom that awaits her return.

In the same way, the multi-award-winning film by Del Toro, The shape of water (USA, 2017); a supernatural fairy tale set in the United States of Cold War days, during the 1960s. The tape tells the story of Elisa, a lonely and silent woman who works as a janitor in a high-security government laboratory. Her life will change when she, along with her partner Zelda, discover a secret experiment: an aquatic creature subjected to brutal torture in the name of science.

In 2006 Guillermo del Toro made the production, together with Belén Atienza and Sandra Hermida, from El orfanato (Spain – Mexico, 2006) directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The tape tells the story of Laura, who settles with her family in the orphanage where she grew up as a child. Her purpose is to open a residence for disabled children. The atmosphere of the old house awakens the imagination of her son, who begins to let himself be carried away by fantasy. Winner of the Goya Award in the categories of Best New Director and Best Screenplay, this film can also be seen within the cycle dedicated to Guillermo del Toro.

In addition, Guillermo del Toro has not only promoted Mexican cinema, but has also supported it for its restoration, as is the case with the film El suavecito (Mexico, 1950), directed by Fernando Méndez. Thanks to his economic contribution, along with the support of the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University of Guadalajarait was possible to consolidate this restoration process in which 119,752 frames in 4k resolution were digitally processed, as well as the optical sound of nitrate and the selection of scenes in a positive copy digitized with the Sondor/Resonance system.

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Celebrating Guillermo del Toro