The theatrical run of Issa López’s haunting horror–fairy tale kicks off with a little help from Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro on August 23

Guillermo Del Toro - Photo by Francois Mori/AP/REX/Shutterstock

TORONTO — Writer-director Issa López’s highly anticipated horror-fantasy film Tigers Are Not Afraid will get a Toronto-exclusive theatrical run at TIFF Bell Lightbox starting Friday, August 23. The film’s opening night screening will be presented by one of the film’s biggest fans: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth), who will host a Q&A with the filmmaker after the 7:45pm screening on August 23.

López draws on the real-life consequences of the drug wars in Mexico for her dark fairy tale about orphaned children left behind in the aftermath of violence. The Shudder Exclusive film follows 10-year-old Estrella, who wants nothing more than to be reunited with her missing mother. In true horror fashion, her wish is granted with a cruel twist when her mother returns to her from the dead to haunt her every move. Hoping to escape the past, Estrella runs away and joins a gang of street kids who have experienced similar losses. But she soon realizes that the dead and those we lose never truly leave us — and that wishes rarely come true the way you want them to.

Tigers Are Not Afraid opens August 23, only at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Tickets for Tigers Are Not Afraid go on sale to Members August 14 and to the public August 15.

Tickets for the event with Guillermo del Toro and Issa López are $23.75 for the public, $17 for Members, and $19.25 for seniors and students with valid ID. Tickets for regular screenings of the film are $14 for the public, $12 for Members, and $11.50 for seniors and students with valid ID. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 416-599-2033 or 1-888-258-8433.

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