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The fifth film in the Gulbenkian Cinema’s Gothic Season – J.A. Bayona’s The Orphanage (2007) – screens on Tuesday 4th of March at 9.30pm. It will be preceded by a panel discussion which will include contributions from the Melodrama Research Group’s Dr Tamar Jeffers McDonald, as well as Dr Cecilia Sayad and Professor Nuria Triana-Toribio.
J. A. Bayona | Spain | 2007 | 106mins | Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep
This terrific Spanish horror film, the debut of J. A. Bayona and produced by Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth, received great acclaim on its release in 2007.
After thirty years, Laura returns to orphanage where she grew up, accompanied by her husband Carlos and their 7-year-old son Simón, with a dream of restoring and reopening the long-abandoned mansion as a home for disabled children. The place awakens Simón’s imagination, and he soon begins playing not-so-innocent games.
As events take a sinister turn, Laura slowly becomes convinced that something long-hidden and terrible is lurking in the old house, something waiting to emerge and inflict appalling damage on her family, in this cleverly made, utterly terrifying film.
“A shiver of fear runs right through Juan Antonio Bayona’s pungent and scary film” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 4 stars
“A good old-fashioned horror in the best possible way, this is a beautifully told, terrifying ghost story that lingers with you long after the shivers have stopped” Olly Richards, Empire Magazine
Spanish w/Eng ST
For more information and to book your ticket please go to: http://www.thegulbenkian.co.uk/events/cinema/2014/March/2014-03-the-orphanage.html