BLANCANIEVES
SNOW WHITE
2011, 104 min, Spain, Dir: Pablo Berger

In a year when Snow White reappropriations are de rigeur, Pablo Berger's 1920s-set silent tale, offset by punchy Flamenco rhythms, is hands-down the most imaginative. Rejected at birth by her father, Carmencita (Macarena Garcia) is raised by her grandmother. But when granny dies, the poor dark-haired maiden is sent to the lower depths of her evil stepmother's villa. Maribel Verdu (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) gives a knockout, ingeniously campy-smart performance as the villainess, hellbent on keeping Carmencita from Prince Charming - here a bullfighting dwarf! - and thwarting her dreams of becoming a matador. "While Michel Hazanavicius’ Oscar winner [THE ARTIST] was a playful valentine to pre-talkies Hollywood, Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger’s inventive Andalusian reworking of Snow White is a love letter to 1920s European silent film, liberally mixing humor and melodrama." - The Hollywood Reporter


SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
2012, Universal, 116 min, USA, Dir: Rupert Sanders

In this visionary, Gothic reimagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, vain queen Ravenna (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) sends an intrepid huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) into the foreboding woods to find and kill Snow White (Kristen Stewart), a princess who is prophesied as "the fairest of them all." But when the Huntsman and tough warrior Snow White come face to face, allegiances change. With costumes by three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood. Produced by Joe Roth (ALICE IN WONDERLAND) and Sam Mercer (THE SIXTH SENSE) and directed by Rupert Sanders ("Halo 3").


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