The American Cinematheque presents an In Person Tribute to Director Guillermo Del Toro on Sunday, December 17th at 6:30 PM with a double feature of Cronos (1993 Lions Gate, 94 min.) winner of nine top Mexican Academy Awards and the Critics’ Week Prize Winner at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and The Devil’s Backbone, (2001, Sony Classics, 106 min.) the story of a ten-year-old refugee living during the Spanish Civil War. Director Guillermo Del Toro will speak in between films. Audience members will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Invitation Only Premiere of Del Toro’s new film Pan’s Labyrinth. This screening is at the Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave) in Santa Monica. All guests subject to availability.

The Sunday, December 17th program at the Aero Theatre is a 6:30 PM Double Feature. First up is Cronos (La Invencisn De Cronos), (1993, Lions Gate, 94 min.), directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth; Hellboy, Blade II). Starring Federico Luppi and Ron Perlman, this absorbing Gothic tale was the winner of nine top Mexican Academy Awards, as well as the Critics’ Week Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. The story reveals the secrets of an invention that has the power to grant eternal life, but gives its user a tremendous thirst for human blood. “Del Toro, a skilled craftsman, obviously takes great pleasure in guiding viewers through a melange of cinematic styles: the film tips its hat to a number of Mexican film genres, from vampire horror to thrillers to wrestling films.” — Screen International. In Spanish and English with some subtitles.

Next on the same bill is The Devil’s Backbone, (2001, Sony Classics, 106 min.). Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, director Guillermo Del Toro’s third feature (and first in his native Spanish) follows ten-year-old refugee Carlos (Fernando Tielve), the newest resident of a war-wracked orphanage. His amenities include bullies, an unexploded bomb in the courtyard and the ghost of a slain child. Co-written by Del Toro, The Devil’s Backbone is a remarkably poignant yet subtle ghost story. Featuring longtime Del Toro collaborator Guillermo Navarro’s exquisite cinematography. Also with Federico Luppi and Eduardo Noriega. Discussion in between films with director Guillermo del Toro. Audience members will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Invitation Only Premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, December 18th at the screening. In Spanish with English subtitles

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