El Orfanato

The Orphanage

(Spain/France, 2006, 106 minutes)

A social worker moves in with her family into the orphanage where she grew up, but her son disappears without a trace shortly after he begins telling of mysterious invisible friends he's made there. Smart, stylish supernatural mystery that chooses mood and narrative over facile shocks.

A Picturehouse release. Guillermo del Toro presents a Rodar y Rodar/Telecinco Cinema production with the collaboration of Warner Bros. Pictures España; supported by MEDIA programme; with the collaboration of ICAA, Institut Catala de les Industries Culturals, Institut Catala de Finances; and the participation of Canal Plus España, Televisió de Catalunya, Asturias Paraiso Natural, Wild Bunch, Telecinco. Starring Belén Rueda; Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla, Andrés Gertrudíx, Edgar Vivar; and the special collaboration of Geraldine Chaplin. Directed by J. A. Bayona; produced by Joaquín Padró, Mar Targarona, Álvaro Augustín; written by Sergio G. Sánchez; music by Fernando Velázquez; director of photography, Oscar Faura; art director, Josep Rosell; costume designer, Maria Reyes; film editor, Elena Ruiz; special make-up effects, David Martí, Montse Ribé; digital effects, Jordi San Agustín, Lluís Castells.


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