Blancanieves
A Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Favorite

| 2012 | 104 min. | |
A Film by Pablo Berger

Wednesday October 02, 2013


$12 General Admission, $9 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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A Film by Pablo Berger

Starring Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina

The enchanting daughter of a famed matador flees her wicked stepmother to join a band of bullfighting dwarfs in this Spanish take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White. Seville: the 1920s. Carmen (Sofia Oria) is a young girl whose mother died in childbirth, and whose torero father Antonio Villalta (Daniel Giménez Cacho) suffered a debilitating injury in the ring. Subsequently tormented by her flamenco-dancing stepmother Encarna (Maribel Verdú), Carmen secretly learns the art of bullfighting from her father until the day she is forced to flee for her life. Now a teenage girl facing an uncertain future, Carmen (Macarena García) falls in with a traveling troupe of dwarfs, adopts the name Blancanieves, and thrills audiences with her formidable skills as a matador. Upon learning what has become of her despised stepdaughter, the diabolical Encarna prepares to administer a punishment that will break the defiant girl’s will for good. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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"It is a full-bodied silent film of the sort that might have been made by the greatest directors of the 1920s, if such details as the kinky sadomasochism of this film's evil stepmother could have been slipped past the censors."

--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

"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

Winner of 10 Goya Awards including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actress

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