Kijkhuis Leiden; Vrouwenkerksteeg 10, 2312 WS Leiden
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Tigers Are Not Afraid is a hauntingly gorgeous and tragically dark fairytale, in which 10-year-old Estrella is granted three wishes to help her survive in drug violence-ridden Mexico. Aided by a gang of street thugs and her own imagination she confronts the drug gang which has orphaned many children. When the youngest of her new friends is kidnapped, Estrella is tasked with setting him free. At the most testing moments, the magical creatures of her own imagination provide guidance.
This film is a successful mix of fantasy and harsh reality, with great performances bij Paola Lara and Juan Ramón López. Tigers Are Not Afraid has often been compared to Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, even by Del Toro himself, who called it one of the year's best films. He has already agreed to produce director Issa López's next film.