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Tigers Are Not Afraid

Tragic and dark fairy tale, by many compared with Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro, about ten-year-old Estrella, whose mother has disappeared without a trace.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Tigers Are Not Afraid

Tragic, dark fairy tale compared by many to Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Del Toro — himself also impressed by Issa López's film — has declared that she is "a fantastic new voice in the genre." So far, López's imaginative, supernatural masterpiece has garnered twenty international film prizes.

Mexico: the ubiquitous violence of drug gangs also affects 10-year-old Estrella, whose mother has disappeared without a trace. Driven by hunger and loneliness, she eventually joins a gang of street kids led by a small but fierce boy named El Shine. When their youngest member Morro is abducted by a cartel known as Los Huascas, Estrella is told to go free him. A task she finds very daunting, but magical creatures guide her. She also still has the three pieces of chalk given to her by her teacher, each piece of chalk representing one wish...

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