Spain, France


Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. Set in southern Spain in the 1920s, BLANCANIEVES is a tribute to silent film.

Director's Statement

BLANCANIEVES IS… A SENSORY EXPERIENCE The viewer must feel rather than think, and be led by a story told only through images and music. Film as ceremony and cathartic experience. A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME The film is a careful recreation of the unforgettable twenties in Spain: the wardrobe, the hats, the cars… No detail has been overlooked. A FAIRY TALE IN IMAGES The film captivates our inner child. The audience will feel like they’re sitting on my lap, being told a story full of fantasy, drama, horror and dark humour. Once upon a time… ABOUT EMOTIONS A sincere glance can contain all the tension of the boldest action. As Norma Desmond said in Sunset Blvd, “We did not need dialogue. We had faces”. A TRIBUTE TO CINEMA By the end of the 1920s the language of cinema had been completely developed and great masterpieces had been created. Blancanieves is not a copy but a reinterpretation of the films of that era for today’s audience. A MUSICAL The presence of Alfonso de Vilallonga’s extraordinary music, from the opening credits until the end of the film, intensifies the emotions and deepest feelings of the protagonists. The music is their voice. A GOTHIC MELODRAMA The film is true to the dark spirit of the popular tale from the Brothers Grimm. I use melodrama as a way of pushing the limits of characters in extreme situations. Keep your handkerchiefs handy. A LOVE STORY The film is a reflection about love as a school of pain and as a demystifying filter to face the ups and downs of life. Love, then you exist. AN INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTION We have joined artistic and financial resources with other European countries to carry out this exciting adventure. A local film for the global market. THE MOST POPULAR FAIRY TALE CHARACTER Upon pronouncing BLAN-CA-NIE-VES everyone envisages a beautiful girl, a wicked stepmother and seven captivating dwarfs. Our version has all that and much more. Step right up ladies and gentlemen…

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Pablo Berger

Written by: Pablo Berger

Produced by: Jérôme Vidal, Pablo Berger, Ibon Cormenzana

Cinematography: Kiko de la Rica

Editing: Fernando Franco

Production Design: Alain Bainée

Costume Design: Paco Delgado

Original Score: Alfonso de Vilallonga

Cast: Sofía Oria, José María Pou, Maribel Verdu, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Mariana Noelia García, Pere Ponce

Nominations and Awards

  • European Costume Designer 2013
  • European Film 2013
  • European Director 2013
  • Feature Film Selection 2013