Her mother dies in childbirth. Her father, a famous toreador, is skewered by a bull and ends up in a wheelchair. He marries his nurse, who turns out to be an evil stepmother. Instead of a mirror on the wall, she has a fashion magazine that tells her who is the most beautiful in the land. In this Spanish version of the Grimm classic, Snow White is called Blancanieves and hangs around with bullfighting dwarfs.
But this is much more than a Spanish remake of a world-famous story; it’s a homage to the heyday of silent film. Pablo Berger, who worked on the film for eight years, situates the story in 1920s Seville.
The stylish set is shot in sharp black-and-white. Dialogues are on inter-titles and are accompanied by a hot-blooded soundtrack with a large dose of flamenco. Blancanieves is a gloomy fairytale with an exotic undercurrent.


Filmmaker
Pablo Berger
Country
Spain, France
Year
2012
Medium
DCP
Length
104’
Language
no dialogue
Producer
Ibon Cormenzana, Jerome Vidal, Pablo Berger
Production Company
Arcadia Motion Pictures, Noodles Productions
Sales
UDream
Writer
Pablo Berger
Cinematography
Kiko de la Rica
Editor
Fernando Franco
Production Design
Alain Bainée
Music
Alfonso de Vilallonga
Cast
Angela Molina, Maribel Verdú