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Blancanieves (2012)

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A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.


Pablo Berger


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Antonio Villalta
Ramón Barea ... Don Martín
Inma Cuesta ... Carmen de Triana
Ángela Molina ... Doña Concha
Ignacio Mateos ... Fotógrafo plaza
Maribel Verdú ... Encarna
Carmen Belloch Carmen Belloch ... Enfemera mayor
Teresa Soria Ruano Teresa Soria Ruano ... Enfermera joven
Sofía Oria Sofía Oria ... Carmencita
Lito Lito ... Gallo Pepe (as Lito y Tomás)
Tomás Tomás ... Gallo Pepe (as Lito y Tomás)
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ... Genaro
Carmen Segarra Carmen Segarra ... Milagros
Pep Ferrer ... Pintor
Manel Castillejos Manel Castillejos ... Fotógrafo entierro


A band of bullfighting dwarfs save the life of a young woman with amnesia. They end up taking her under their wing when they find out that she has seemingly natural skills as a bullfighter, upon which they can capitalize not only for their act but for her own personal gain. As she does not know her name or background, the dwarfs coin her Blancanieves, after the famed fairy tale. What they are all unaware of is that she is really Carmen, the daughter of the once great matador, Antonio Villalta. On the day Carmen was born, her father suffered a career ending accident, and her mother died in childbirth. Her father quickly remarried his nurse, the evil Encarna. Although raised by her grandmother during her early years, Carmen, following the death of her grandmother, went to live with Encarna while an adolescent, Encarna who treated her as a slave. Carmen eventually found her disabled father, who was hidden away and treated poorly by Encarna. In the meantime, Encarna was cavorting with the... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent content and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 September 2012 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Snow White See more »

Filming Locations:

Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,264, 31 March 2013, Limited Release

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Black and White | Color (opening sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Antonio Villalta: [to Carmen de Triana] For you, and for our unborn child!
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Gorgeous silent film filled with amazing images , intense drama and charming acting
18 February 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Beautifully shot , memorable roles and wonderful cinematography mark this special adaptation ¨Snow White¨ , being realized in ¨The artist¨ style . It is set in 1920s Seville . On the day Carmen was born , her father named Antonio Villalta (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) suffered a Toreo accident, and her mummy named Carmen De Triana died (Imma Cuesta) in childbirth . Her dad bullfighter quickly remarries a nurse , Encarna , (Maribel Verdú came aboard in 2006 after a conversation with Berger and stuck with it) , but the little girl is rejected by her father . Raised by her grandmother (Angela Molina) during her early years, Carmen went to live with Encarna while a teenager , but her Stepmom treated her as a slave . Many years later , the daughter meets her wheel-chaired and disabled daddy . The Stepmom/Stepdauther battle increases and the unbalanced and wrathful Stepmom orders her lover (Pere Ponce) Carmen's death . Carmen (Macarena Garcia) escapes and a group of bullfighting dwarfs save the life of young girl with amnesia . Only she's rescued by seven outcast dwarfs living in a carriage and acting by means of bullfighting spectacles .

Sensitive silent film full of good feeling , haunting mood-pieces , wonderful scenes and sense of wonder . This is a special adaptation of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale about the fairest them all . A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that and centered on a female bullfighter and definitely puts the grim in the Grimm Brothers version of the fairy tale . Colorful picture though filmed in Black and White , including marvelous frames , being mostly filmed at Sevilla, Andalucía, Aranjuez, Madrid, Pedraza , Segovia, Vilanova i la Geltrú, , Mataro , Barcelona, Catalonia , including sunny outdoor scenes . This extraordinary flick spells through intricate patterns of images , sets , sound and photography . In addition , a magnificent main cast as Maribel Verdu , Daniel Gimenez Cacho , Macarena Garcia and splendid support cast of known and prestigious players as Pere Ponce , Imma Cuesta , Ramon Barea , Angela Molina , among others . Splendid , luxurious photography with juicy atmosphere by Kiko De La Rica , it was shot on color film stock and desaturated to black & white in post-production . Moving and emotive musical score by Alfonso De Vilallonga who replaced Alberto Iglesias when he proved unavailable due to prior commitments.

There are other versions about this marvelous tale , as the classic animated rendition was ¨Snow White¨ (1937) , being the definitive rendition by Walt Disney ; ¨Snow White¨(1989) by Michael Berz with Diana Rigg , Billy Barty and Sarah Patterson , plus ¨Snow White a tale of terror¨ (1997) by Michael Cohn with Sigourney Weaver , Sam Neill and Monica Keena . The best adaptations result to be ¨Snow White¨ by Walt Disney and this ¨Blancanieves¨ or Snow White by Pablo Berger .

This touching picture will appeal to Spanish films buffs ; being deservedly the official submission of Spain to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013, and won European Film Award , Best Costume Designer to Paco Delgado and several Gaudí Awards . Furthermore , achieved Goya prizes as Won Goya : Best Actress , Maribel Verdú , Best New Actress , Macarena García , Best Costume Design , Best Cinematography , Kiko De La Rica , Best Original Score , Alfonso de Vilallonga , Best Screenplay , Pablo Berger , Best Original Song , Best Make-Up and Hairstyles , Best Production Design , Best New Actor, Emilio Gavira , Best Special Effects : Reyes Abades , Ferran Piquer , Best Production Manager , Josep Amorós , and Best Director .

The motion picture was perfectly produced and stunningly directed by Pablo Berger , a very good Spanish movies director . Director Pablo Berger developed the project for eight years before being able to shoot it. Pablo is a well recognized filmmaker both nationally and internationally, and in proof of it he won many prizes in several Festivals , as his previous picture titled ¨Torremolinos 73¨ , as this ¨Snow White¨ or ¨Blancanieves¨ . Rating : Above average , essential and indispensable watching .

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