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Make your movie in Hollywood to have it watched by many people: del Toro

Published on Jan 20, 2013 3:23 PM
Director Guillermo del Toro speaks during the keynote address at the 2013 International CES at The Venetian on Jan 7, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Want your movie watched by many people? Have it made in Hollywood, says del Toro. -- PHOTO: AFP

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has directed, produced or helped pen the screenplays for big-budget works, among them The Hobbit trilogy, Hellboy and Hellboy II (2004, 2008), and later this year, the sci-fi epic Pacific Rim.

But the movie that makes him most proud is a little-seen movie.

"What I consider to be my best film is The Devil's Backbone. And it has not been seen by many people," says the 48-year-old on the telephone from Los Angeles, where he is based.

The critically adored 2001 drama about a haunted orphanage caught in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s was shot in Madrid with Spanish actors. It has won only limited release in the United States and elsewhere because distributors consider European films to be niche-appeal products.

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