Guillermo Del Toro's "Pan's Labryinth" will close the 2006 New York Film Festival and Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" will screen as the festival's centerpiece, organizers announced late today. Both were among the most acclaimed titles at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that this year's fest retrospective will feature a special 25th anniversary screening of Warren Beatty's epic "Reds," including in a newly restored print.
Del Toro's "Pan's Labryinth", from Picturehouse, is a gothic fairy tale set amidst the repression of postwar Spain, while Almodovar's "Volver", from Sony Pictures Classics, is the story of a group of modern Spanish women featuring Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo and Chus Lampreave. The NYFF will run from September 29 - October 15, 2006 at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. [Eugene Hernandez]