We don’t know why but the old and famous story of Snow White is extremely popular this year. Hollywood studios have already released two very different takes on the story this year alone (and we didn’t like them so much, truth should be said).
Now, directly from Spain comes likely the most surreal and risky interpretation of the story in the film: ‘Blancanieves’. We love the synopsis from the film’s website:
BLANCANIEVES is a gothic melodrama inspired by the Brothers´ Grimm tale. Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never met her mother, and she grew up being hated by her evil stepmother. She learned her father’s art, a famous bullfighter, and one day she ran away to become a legend. Set in 1920s south of Spain, BLANCANIEVES is a tribute to silent films.
We have to admit that we LOVED the movie. We felt touched and fascinated with this free version of the story. For us, the main factors of this success are the following:
1) The wonderful Maribel Verdú (Y Tu Mama También, Pan’s Labyrinth) as the evil stepmother. Great Performance.
2) The beautiful Macarena García, the most beautiful Snow White ever performed. We fell in love with her eyes and sweetness. She also won the Golden Shell at the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival.
3) The striking images of bullfighting and flamenco in early 20th century Andalusia. People may think it is kind of a cliché (and it is) but it matches perfectly, and we surprisingly loved it! Satire is an inevitable characteristic of the silent movie medium.
4) The Flamenco Soundtrack. Calm, strong, nice and beautiful. – Black and White & silent aesthetic. It is going to bring comparisons to The Artist (that is not necessarily a bad thing) but this one evokes the German expressionism. The director, Berger, said: “When I heard, about a week before the start of filming, that a film called The Artist was a success at the Cannes film festival, it was a blow.”
5) The critic success in Toronto’s and San Sebastian Festival. Also, it has been selected as the Spain’s contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy Awards.
If you have the opportunity to watch it, believe us, it is well worth giving a chance.