After the success of The Artist in 2012 the silent movie genre makes another welcome return in the shape of ‘Blancanieves’, Pablo Berger’s Spanish reworking of the classic fairy-tale ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.’
Set in 1920s Seville the story centres around Carmen (Macarena García) whose widowed father Antonio was a celebrated bullfighter but who has now been left paralyzed after being gored by a bull at the height of his fame.
After her grandmother, who raised her, passes away, Carmen is sent to live with her father and her cruel stepmother Encarna (Maribel Verdú) who forces her to work as a servant. When she survives a murder attempt by her stepmother one day, Carmen escapes and joins up with a travelling band of bullfighting dwarves with whom she becomes a famed matador throughout the land. However, it isn’t long before her fame attracts the attention of Encarna who plots to get rid of her once and for all.
Director Berger takes the magical fairy-tale and fuses it with a Spanish melodrama set in the world of bullfighting to produce an enjoyable fantasy both suitably eerie and romantic.
‘Blancanieves’ will be screened at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, March 5th at 8pm.
Tickets: €9, €7 concession and €5 for Film Club members. For more information call the box office on 0504 90204 or visit www.thesourceartscentre.ie.