Spain’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is Pablo Berger‘s Blancanieves, an intriguing adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. While that particular tale has already been mined to disappointing results twice this year — with Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman — Berger’s film looks to be a much more original and promising take on the well-known story: the black-and-white film pays homage to silent cinema à la The Artist and draws inspiration from such Spanish traditions as flamenco and bullfighting. Set in Andalusia in the 1910s and ’20s, Blancanieves stars newcomer Macarena Garcia in the titular role who is reimagined here as the daughter of a famous matador (Daniel Giminez Cacho). When her scheming stepmother (Maribel Verdu) tries to have her killed, Carmencita survives and takes up with a roving band of bullfighting dwarves. The premise alone piqued my interest, but after glimpsing the gorgeous footage in this first trailer I’m now eagerly anticipating this film and I hope it receives international distribution soon.
Blancanieves arrives in US theatres on January 18. Check out the first trailer and poster below (via Slashfilm).