THE Takeover Film Festival returns this year for the fourth time with a series of events running from the 7 – 9 February at both the Queen’s Film Theatre and the Crescent Arts Centre. Organized by the QFT’s youth panel, the theme of this year’s festival is a celebration of youth culture, diversity and music. This year’s programme includes three film premieres, workshops and a Gothic Film Section.
On Sunday 9th February the festival will draw to a close at the QFT with a screening of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s wonderfully gothic feature, Pan’s Labyrinth at 6pm.
Del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical brand of cinema that defined his early career, such as Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone with a film that plays out like Alice in Wonderland, but for adults. This haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War details the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl, Ofelia who may or may not be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom.
Winner of three Academy-Awards in 2007, but surprisingly not in the best foreign film category, del Doro’s feature is a beautifully crafted masterpiece that is both terrifying and wondrous in equal measure. It successfully manages to blend fantasy and drama together into simply one of the most magical films of recent years.
Tickets for this screening can be purchased directly from the festival’s website, along with more detailed information on this year’s programme.