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GUILLERMO DEL TORO (Director, Screenplay by, Story by) won the Critic's Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and nine Mexican Film Academy awards for his first feature film Cronos, and has since established himself as one of the most admired and sought-after international writer-directors.

A devotee of the gothic horror genre, del Toro followed Cronos with the environmental horror film Mimic, which he directed and co-wrote. Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin and Charles Dutton starred in the film. He also directed the successful vampire film Blade II starring Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson and the Spanish-language The Devil's Backbone, which was cited as one of the year's best in 2001 in such publications as The New York Times and Newsweek. The film starred Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes and Federico Luppi and was co-produced by Pedro Almodovar's El Deseo and del Toro's production company Tequila Gang. It screened at the Locarno, Edinburgh, Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals and won the Silver Méliès award at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize and International Critics Award at the Gerardmer Film Festival in France. 

Del Toro is currently in development on a slate of projects including Mephisto's Bridge, a contemporary gothic story he adapted from Christopher Fowler's novel Spanky. With Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope, del Toro is developing The Left Hand Of Darkness, which is set in Mexico during the 1840s. Other projects include The Coffin, produced by Jim Cameron, based on the cult comic book of the same name and At The Mountains Of Madness for DreamWorks, based on the H. P. Lovecraft novel 

Born in 1964 in Guadalajara, Mexico, del Toro attended the University of Guadalajara. He trained with Oscar®-winning makeup and special effects artist Dick Smith and later established his own special effects and makeup company, Necropia, in Guadalajara. Early in his career, he produced and directed extensively for television in Mexico. He created and directed numerous episodes of the Mexican television series "Hora Marcada” for Televisa. In 1985, at the age of 21, he produced the feature film Dona Herlinda And Her Son for director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo.

Del Toro is the author of a 500-page critical study of the films of Alfred Hitchcock, published by the University of Guadalajara Press. His screenplay for Cronos was published in Mexico by Miracle Press. His screenplay for Hellboy will be published by DarkHorse in March 2004.


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