Film composer Javier Navarrete has received his first Oscar nomination for his score to Picturehouse’s Pan’s Labyrinth (aka El Laberinto del Fauno). The film began screening in theaters in December and today is found on over 130 critics’ Top Ten lists.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Hell Boy, Mimic), Pan’s Labyrinth marks the director’s second collaboration with Javier Navarrete. The film unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a dreamy little girl who is uprooted to a rural military outpost commanded by her new stepfather. Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human.
Spanish composer, Javier Navarrete brings the music of Pan’s Labyrinth alive. His score captures the fantastical mood of the film – a fairy tale fantasy for adults, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War – with all of the tension and imagination of this rich, layered film. The score album is available on Milan Records. The 79th Annual Academy Awards will be announced February 25.
A native of Spain, Navarrete’s relationship scoring with Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro began with the feature The Devil’s Backbone. Navarrete’s talents span a wide range of genres, instruments, mediums and geographic locations. His performed music includes early electronic music in duet with friend and fellow Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias and collaborations with the British band, Dead Can Dance, featuring film composer Lisa Gerrard.
Navarrete has a collection of arias based on the Latin poem “Ovidius Metamorphose” performed by Mezzo Claudia Schnneider. He has also collaborated with punk legend Iggy Pop in the music of Oscar Aibar’s “Atolladero.”