2013 Cinetopia Audience Award winner! This black and white homage to European silent film retells the story of Snow White set in 1920s Spain. Young Carmen is the daughter of a once-renowned matador, crippled in the ring and grieving for his wife, who died during childbirth. He secretly teaches Carmen the art of bullfighting, just before his malicious new wife enacts a terrible revenge on him. Knowing that she’s in mortal danger, Carmen escapes her tyrannical stepmother and joins a traveling troupe of bullfighting dwarves, eventually rising to toreador fame under the stage name Blancanieves. Borne along by the lush, vigorous score, reminding us that silent films were never truly silent, director Pablo Berger’s darkly sketched fantasia has an almost musical rhythm as it weaves its exotic spin on this much-told tale. And with all dialogue relegated to intertitles, the cast imbues every glance and gesture with passionate intensity. –Toronto International Film Festival

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104 min
Year: 2012
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish (silent film) with English subtitles
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival
Director: Pablo Berger
Screenwriter: Pablo Berger
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina