Director amongst newly confirmed guests at the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.

After breaking onto the scene with visceral, dark supernatural horror films CRONOS and THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, Guillermo del Toro moved into commercial American moviemaking, directing BLADE II and garnering acclaim for his two HELLBOY movies. However, it was his darkly beautiful masterpiece PAN’S LABYRINTH that really cemented the filmmaker’s reputation as one of the most creative and visionary artists of his generation, whose distinctive style introduced an exciting visual poetry to fantasy filmmaking.

Guillermo del Toro

Following the giant robots vs giant monsters action outing PACIFIC RIM and gothic romance CRIMSON PEAK, the London Film Festival will be welcoming one of Mexico’s most celebrated filmmakers to discuss his career and his latest film, THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America, which screens at the American Airlines Gala.

Guillermo del Toro is joined at the Festival by a host of newly confirmed filmmaker and onscreen talent including: Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin (Jabberwocky); Robert Pattinson and Josh Safdie (Good Time); Olivia Cooke (Thoroughbreds); Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) and Leslie Caron (The L-Shaped Room), to name but a few.

Tickets for this Screen Talk and the Surprise Film go on sale by phone, online and in person on Wed 27 Sep at 10:00am to Champions and 11:00am to Members. Public booking opens on Thur 28 Sep at 10:00am.

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