Accreditation
 
European Film Academy - Young Audience Award 2016 v Bratislave
Tuesday 19.04.2016

European Film Academy - Young Audience Award 2016 v Bratislave

Martin Žiaran, ASK
Tuesday 29.03.2016

Martin Žiaran, ASK

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Sunday 20.03.2016

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Bartosz Konopka
Wednesday 16.03.2016

Bartosz Konopka

EFA master class with Paco Delgado
Tuesday 08.03.2016

EFA master class with Paco Delgado

 

Blancanieves

Rediscovery of European silent film

A re-telling of the classic fairy tale “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm, Blancanieves is a uniquely spirited homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of European silent cinema.  

"With frugal use of dialogue cards and expressive performances in which emotions are stamped in bold, the writer-director spins an eventful tale that is faithful to the original, yet has its own quirky identity."
hollywoodreporter.com


Set in a romanticized 1920s Seville, Berger’s Snow White is Carmen, the daughter of a famous bullfighter, who lives under the tyrannical rule of her monstrous, evil stepmother, Encarna. She escapes and joins a troupe of bullfighting dwarves, where her beauty and natural talent in the ring attract notices from the press. But soon the news reaches Encarna who at last knows where to find Carmen, and prepares for the final showdown.

"For me Blancanieves is valid if it only serves as a terrorist act, to remind directors what makes cinema an art form – visual storytelling, editing, music, those elements that were dominant before 'moving images' became 'talking pictures'. Talking pictures – what a horrible term that is."
Pablo Berger


Director Pablo Berger worked on Blancanieves for more than 8 years. First inspiration came when he saw a photograph of bullfighting dwarves in España Oculta by Cristina García Rodero. Then, he started working on the script and raising the funds. As he said: We have joined artistic and financial resources with other European countries to carry out this exciting adventure. A local film for the global market.

Berger´s inspiration for the untypical form of the film came from his obsession with European silent cinema. "One day I was in the Teatro Victoria Eugenia, a big, lovely old theatre, and saw Eric Von Stroheim's Greed, with Carl Davis directing a symphony orchestra. It was the first time I saw a silent film, and it blew my mind. From that moment silent cinema became an obsession. And when I became a director, it was always my intention to make one myself." But when he was finishing the storyboard of the film something that nobody expected happened. 

Another tribute to silent cinema appeared at Cannes Film Festival – Hazanavicius´s The Artist. "It was completely out of the blue. I was in my office in Madrid, doing the storyboards for my film, when a producer friend sent me a text message from the festival saying, 'I've just seen The Artist, it's black and white and silent and it's going to be huge.' I almost threw my phone against the wall. The high concept was gone." The Artist won 5 Oscars, 5 BAFTAs and 3 Golden Globes, including the prizes for the best film. 

This really huge success of black and white silent film in the digital era was surprising and Berger´s pessimism about losing his high concept was not in place. Thanks to the story inspired by the famous fairytale, the audiences with an experience of The Artist accepted Blancanieves too.  

"I think there will be more. Nobody believed in The Artist, nobody believed in Blancanieves, both of them have been commercially successful. Now a director can take a script for a silent film to a producer and, if it is good, they may say 'Why not?' "
Pablo Berger


Blancanieves
became one of the most successful European films in 2013. It received ten Goya Awards and a dozen of prizes at film festivals including the Special Jury Prize and an ex-aequo Best Actress "Silver Shell" Award for Macarena García at the 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival.


Cast
 Maribel Veru, Daniel Gimenez, Cacho, Angela Molina, Pere Ponce, Macarena Garcia| Directed by Pablo Berger| Written by Pablo Berger | Produced by Ibon Cormenzana, Jerome Vidal, Pablo Berger |  Cinematography Kiko De La Rica| Editing Fernando Franco| 104´ |Spain, Belgium, France| 2012