Film Notes: Snow White (2012) Original title: Blancanieves directed by Pablo Berger

ESP – FRA / 104 minutes / bw / Silent / Arcadia Motion Pictures, Nix Films, Sisifo Films, The Kraken Films, Noodles Production, Arte France Cinema Dir: Pablo Berger Pro: Ibon Cormenzana, Jérôme Vidal, Pablo Berger Scr: Pablo Berger based on the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm Cine: Kiko de la Rica Mus: Alfonso de Vilallonga Cast: Maribel Verdu, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Angela Molina, Pere Ponce, Macarena Garcia, Sofia Oria, Jose Maria Pou, Inma Cuesta, Ramon Barea, Emilio Gavira, Sergio Donado Release Date: (TIFF) 8 September 2012 (Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival) 21 September 2012 (Spain) 28 September 2012.

Blancanieves is a 2012 Spanish black-and-white silent fantasy drama film written and directed by Pablo Berger. Blancanieves was Spain’s 85th Academy Awards official submission to Best Foreign Language category, but it did not make the shortlist. The film won the Special Jury Prize and an ex-aequo Best Actress Silver Shell Award for Macarena García at the 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival. It was also nominated in every category for which it was eligible for at the 27th Goya Awards (except for Best Sound), winning ten Goya Awards, including the Best Film. (Source: Wikipedia)

Synposis: Snow White is Carmen, a beautiful young girl tormented in childhood by her wicked step-mother, Encarna. Fleeing from her past, Carmen sets out on an exciting journey with her new friends: a troupe of Bullfighting Dwarves. An original take on the classic fairytale set in the south of Spain in the 20s, packed with adventures, emotion and laughs. Never before had we been told the story this way… (Source: 63th San Sebastián International Film Festival)

Pablo Berger (Bilbao, 1963) started his career with the multi-prizewinning cult short Mama (1988). In 1990, he won a scholarship to take his MFA in Filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he directed the short Truth and Beauty, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. On return to Spain, he directed his first feature,Torremolinos 73 (2003), which, as well as being a box-office hit, won several awards at the Malaga, Toulouse, Palm Springs, Miami and other festivals, plus four Goya nominations. Blancanieves is his second feature. (Source: 63 Festival de San Sebastián Official Selection)

Recently, Begoña and I have had the opportunity to watch this small gem when was  broadcasted by TVE-2. If you have the opportunity to see this film, don’t miss it. I highly recommend it.

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