Blancanieves

Synopsis & Film Details

Selected as Spain’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards, the drama Blancanieves is a cinematic love letter to the black-and-white Golden Age of European silent film. A unique and fresh re-telling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White, the movie is set in a romanticized 1920s Seville. Our Snow White: Carmen, the daughter of a famous bullfighter, who lives under the tyrannical rule of her monstrous, evil stepmother, Encarna (played by Maribel Verdú). Carmen escapes and joins a troupe of bullfighting dwarves, where her beauty and natural talent in the ring attracts notice from the press. The news soon reaches Encarna, who at last knows where to find Carmen, as their final showdown is set.

Festival Awards Presentation
Prior to Blancanieves, Filmworks will present its festival awards, including juried awards for Best Short Film and the fourth annual John Kelly Award for Excellence in Cinematography, as well as audience awards for Best Short Film and Best Feature Film.

Screening Sponsor: The Fresno Flamenco and Spanish Arts Society
With a special pre-screening performance by Academia de Arte Flamenco


Critic Reviews

“Blancanieves” deftly blends cinematic antiquarianism, period atmosphere and primal emotions.

A.O. Scott, NY Times

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Brimming over with sadism and the occasional touch of kink, Blancanieves piles on the pathology that’s the birthright of any fairy tale worth its salt. Yet it’s still a tale of lost innocence, and Berger keeps faith with a prototype revered by the Disneys and the Grimms alike: the resilient, enterprising girl who overcomes wave after wave of adversity.

Ella Taylor, NPR

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This gorgeous, silent, black and white European production is an unexpected gift from the gods of pure cinema – a bottomless carafe of dessert wine with increasingly dizzying effects.

Jordan Hoffman, Film.com

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