Shrouded in a dark cloak of mystery and brimming with surreal special effects, Pan’s Labyrinth is a magical fairytale set in Spain after the Civil War. I had the pleasure of seeing parts of it the other day and it really is a beautifully shot movie, hauntingly atmospheric and completely engrossing. The synopsis is simple: ‘Recently remarried Carmen moves with her daughter Ofelia into the house of her new husband, coldly authoritarian Vidal, a captain in Francois army. Finding her new life hard to bear, the young girl seeks refuge in a mysterious labyrinth she discovers next to the sprawling family house. Pan, the guardian, a magical creature, reveals that she is none other than the long-lost princess of a magical kingdom. To discover the truth, Ofelia will have to accomplish three dangerous tasks, tasks which nothing has prepared her to face’. And so the story unfolds. Full of layers and unexpected twists, the film is directed by Guillermo del Toro, who considers it to be his most accomplished achievement to date. And thanks to our friends at Hopscotch we have fifteen double passes to give away for special advance screenings of the movie in Sydney between Friday Jan 12th and Sunday Jan 14th. To be in with a chance of winning, email your full name and mailing address details to marc [at] hopscotchfilms.com.au with ‘Lost At E Minor’ in the subject field.