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by Juan Antonio Bayona


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. Thirty years later, she returns with her husband Carlos and Simon, their seven year-old son, with the 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.

international title: The Orphanage
original title: El Orfanato
country: Spain, Mexico
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona
release date: ES 19/10/2007, GR 20/12/2007, FI 28/12/2007, DK 18/01/2008, DE 14/02/2008, BE/FR 05/03/2008, IC 07/03/2008, NO 14/03/2008, UK 21/03/2008, NL 88/05/2008
screenplay: Sergio G. Sánchez
cast: Belén Rueda, Mabel Rivera, Geraldine Chaplin, Fernando Cayo
producer: Mar Targarona, Joaquín Padró, Guillermo del Toro, Alvaro Augustin
production: Rodar y Rodar Cine y Televisión, Telecinco Cinema
backing: MEDIA programme
distributor: DeAPlaneta, Triangel Film (SE), Cinema Mondo (FI), A-Film Distribution (NL), Senator Film (DE)


main awards/selection

Cannes 2007 Critics Week (Selection)
Goyas Awards 2008 Best New Director
Best Original Screenplay
Best Executive Production
Best Artistic Direction

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