SNOW BLACK & WHITE
A re-telling of the classic Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale Snow White, Blancanieves is a breathtakingly beautiful film and a uniquely spirited homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of Europe’s silent cinema. Set in a romanticised 1920s Seville, Berger’s Snow White is Carmen, the daughter of a famous bullfighter, who lives under the tyrannical rule of her monstrous, evil stepmother, Encarna. She escapes and joins a troupe of bullfighting dwarves, where her beauty and natural talent in the ring attract notices from the press. But soon the news reaches Encarna, who at last knows where to find Carmen, and she prepares for the final showdown. Opens October 24, 2013)
“This film is a wonderment! A striking… full-bodied, visually stunning film.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
NB Blancanieves was one of 12 films invited to this year's Ebertfest (April 2013), and Roger was one of the movie's biggest champions.
“This is a special film that resonates on every level – cinematically, intellectually and emotionally.” – Louise Keller,
“The Absolutely Most Original Film of the Year! BLANCANIEVES is stunningly visual. Ole!”
-Thelma Adams, Yahoo!
“An original! Inventive... Contemporary... Imaginative... Charming... and Clever!”
-David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“Daringly original! A gorgeously shot extravaganza has the cojones to think outside the box and comes out on top.”
- Boyd Van Hoeij, indiewire
“This is a beautiful film.” – Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
Winner – Goya Award – Best Film
Winner - Goya Award – Best Actress, Maribel Verdu
Winner – Goya Award – Best Original Screenplay
Winner — San Sebastian – Special Jury Prize, Pablo Berger
Winner — San Sebastian – Best Actress for Macarena Garcia
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: PABLO BERGER – Director
BLANCANIEVES ... IS A SENSORY EXPERIENCE
The viewer must feel rather than think, and be led by a story told only through images and music. Film as ceremony and cathartic experience.
... IS A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
The film is a careful recreation of the unforgettable 20s in Spain: the wardrobe, the hats, the cars...No detail has been overlooked.
... IS A FAIRY TALE IN IMAGES
The film captivates our inner child. The audience will feel like they’re sitting on my lap, being told a story full of fantasy, drama, horror and dark humour. Once upon a time...
... IS ABOUT EMOTIONS
A sincere glance can contain all the tension of the boldest action. As Norma Desmond said in Sunset Blvd, “We did not need dialogue. We had faces”.
... IS A TRIBUTE TO CINEMA
By the end of the 1920s the language of cinema had been completely developed and great masterpieces had been created. Blancanieves is not a copy but a reinterpretation of the films of that era for today’s audience.
... IS A MUSICAL
The presence of Vilallonga’s extraordinary music, from the opening credits until the end of the film, intensifies the emotions and deepest feelings of the protagonists. The music is their voice.
... IS A GOTHIC MELODRAMA
The film is true to the dark spirit of the popular tale from the Brothers Grimm. I use
melodrama as a way of pushing the limits of characters in extreme situations. Keep your handkerchiefs handy.
... IS A LOVE STORY
The film is a reflection about love as a school of pain and as a demystifying filter to face the ups and downs of life. Love, then you exist.
... IS AN INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTION
We have joined artistic and financial resources with other European countries to carry out this exciting adventure. A local film for the global
... IS THE MOST POPULAR FAIRY TALE CHARACTER
Upon pronouncing BLAN-CA-NIE-VES everyone envisages a beautiful girl, a wicked stepmother and seven captivating dwarfs. Our version has all that and much more.
Published October 10, 2013