THE ORPHANAGE

By Juan Antonio BAYONA

WILD BUNCH - as SALES All rights, World

Horror - Completed 2007


    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Horror
    • Countries
    • SPAIN
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Juan Antonio BAYONA
    • Synopsis
    • Laura spent the happiest years of her childhood growing up in an orphanage by the seaside, cared for by the staff and fellow orphans whom she loved as brothers and sisters. Now, thirty years later, she returns with her husband Carlos and Simon, their 7-year-old son, with a dream of restoring and reopening the long abandoned orphanage as a home for disabled children. The new home and mysterious surroundings awaken Simon’s imagination and the boy starts to spin a web of fantastic tales and not-so-innocent games... A troubling web that begins to disturb Laura, drawing her into the child’s strange universe which resonates with echoes of long-forgotten, deeply troubling memories of her own childhood. As the opening day draws near, tension builds within the family. Carlos remains sceptical, believing that Simon is making everything up in a desperate bid for attention. But Laura slowly becomes convinced that something long-hidden and terrible is hiding in the old house, something waiting to emerge and inflict appalling damage on her family.
      “For many years I have followed the work of J.A. Bayona, director of the shorts "My Holidays" and "The Sponge Man", and an infinite number of delirious music videos I admire. His talent was crying out to direct a feature-length film, so producing "The Orphanage" was nothing more than responding to this need. Having seen the film, I´m convinced the effort was worth it.”
      GUILLERMO DEL TORO
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