Variety‘s Anna Marie De La Fuente offered up exclusive news out of Guadalajara, Mexico yesterday — regarding a few things on the agenda for recent Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water — review).
Last fall, HFN covered/reviewed the horror drama Tigers Are Not Afraid (check out our 5-star review here), written and directed by Issa Lopez. The film won Best Picture and Best Director (for Lopez) as well as several other trophies at the 2017 Screamfest Film Festival in Hollywood, California.
The film has a very del Toro-inspired aesthetic and atmosphere, and so it seems this meeting and partnership is kismet.
Tigers Are Not Afraid Official Synopsis: “A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.”
And here’s a cutting from our full review from last fall, “Tigers Are Not Afraid could potentially flirt with the label of “masterpiece” (in the way the depressing horror of something like Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone might).”
Per the aforementioned Variety article, Lopez had dinner with del Toro (while they were both attending the Guadalajara International Film Festival), where they chatted about their shared love of fantasy, comic books and a similar view of fantasy films as a means to tell more serious tales.
Lopez on del Toro: “What I have right now is love for this man, who is so accessible and generous.”
As of right now, Lopez’s fourth directorial effort, a comedy titled Todo Mal, is scheduled for release later this year.
Check out the trailer below, and stay tuned to HFN for further updates on this exciting partnership!