The black-and-white silent film received accolades out of Toronto, where it had its world premiere, and subsequently won the Best Actress and Special Jury Prize awards at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Here’s Variety on the film:
This year’s crowded field of Snow White movies has a winner, at least in terms of quality, in Pablo Berger’s delightful “Blancanieves.” Conceived as an homage to silent cinema, with black-and-white lensing and no spoken dialogue, the film may strike some as having a tad more emotional heft than the similarly constructed “The Artist.”
Berger’s rethink is arguably more original than either [“Snow White and the Huntsman” or “Mirror Mirror”], retelling the timeless story in a culturally specific new context, its distinctive flavor enhanced by Alfonso de Vilallonga’s sumptuous, flamenco-inflected score. Berger sets both the opening and climactic action in a grand bullfighting arena in Seville, tying the Snow White tale to a national tradition that combines spectacle with fiery dramatics. And via the art of the toreador, he makes deft narrative use of a predominantly male ritual to give his heroine a contemporary edge.