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Del Toro returns with epic blockbuster

July 12, 2013

Tapatio director Guillermo del Toro returns to the big screen this week with big budget monster movie “Pacific Rim.”

Drawing influences from the “Godzilla” series and the sci-fi genre, “Pacific Rim” is set in the near future in which soldiers pilot massive robots to combat giant monsters that have risen from a portal beneath the Pacific Ocean.

The work is a labor of love by del Toro, 48, who not only directed, but also wrote and produced the movie. It represents something of a departure from his previous films, the best known being comic book adaptation “Hellboy” and the critically acclaimed historical fantasy/horror movies “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” both set during the Spanish Civil War.

“I’m very satisfied with the result because I think that nothing like this has been done before,” del Toro said this week. “It’s amazing in terms of spectacle and includes scenes never seen before in the cinema.”

Available in 3D and IMAX 3D, “Pacific Rim” opens in Mexico on Friday, under the Spanish-language title “Titanes del Pacifico.”

Brit and American filmmakers to grace Guanajuato festival

Acclaimed directors Danny Boyle and Darren Aronofsky will be the guests of honor at the 16th Guanajuato International Film Festival later this month.

Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire” and the artistic director of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, will give a lecture to the public on July 25. Aronofsky, best known as the director of “Requiem for a Dream,” “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan,” will then give a talk on July 27.

Aside from Boyle and Aronofsky, this year’s special guests also include a delegation of 40 filmmakers from Colombia. The festival takes place in the cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende from July 19 to 28. Click here for more information.

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