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THE ORPHANAGE aka EL ORFANATO
USA: Picturehouse Entertainment
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Belen Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Princep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla, Andres Gertrúdix, Edgar Vivar, Óscar Casas, Mireia Renau, Georgina Avellaneda, Carla Gordillo Alicia, Alejandro Campos, Carmen López, Óscar Lara, Geraldine Chaplin
Director: J A Bayona
Countries: Mexico / Spain
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: R for some disturbing content
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong psychological horror and disturbing injury detail
USA Release Date: 28 December 2007 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 21 March 2008
From Producer Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) comes a chilling ghost story that has been announced as Spain's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards, 2008.
Laura purchases her beloved childhood orphanage with dreams of restoring and reopening the long abandoned facility as a place for disabled children. Once there, Laura discovers that the new environment awakens her son's imagination, but the ongoing fantasy games he plays with an invisible friend quickly turn into something more disturbing. Upon seeing her family increasingly threatened by the strange occurrences in the house, Laura looks to a group of parapsychologists for help in unravelling the mystery that has taken over the place.