Blancanieves poster
Directed by Pablo Berger
Produced by Ibon Cormenzana
Jérôme Vidal
Pablo Berger
Written by Pablo Berger

Maribel Verdú

Music by Alfonso de Vilallonga
Cinematography Kiko de la Rica
Editing by Fernando Franco
Distributed by Wanda
Release 28 September 2012
Running time 105 minutes
Country Spain
Language No dialogue
(Intertitles in Spanish)
Gross revenue $240,310 (US)
Preceded by
Followed by

Blancanieves is a 2012 Spanish black-and-white silent fantasy drama film written and directed by Pablo Berger. Based on the fairy tale "Snow White" by the Brothers Grimm, the story is set in a romantic vision of 1920s Andalusia. Berger calls it a "love letter to European silent cinema."

Blancanieves was Spain's 85th Academy Awards official submission to Best Foreign Language category, but it did not make the shortlist. The film won the Special Jury Prize and an ex-aequo Best Actress "Silver Shell" Award for Macarena García at the 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival. It also won ten Goya Awards, including the Goya Award for Best Film at the 27th Goya Awards.


  • Maribel Verdú as Encarna / La Madrastra
  • Daniel Giménez Cacho as Antonio Villalta / El Padre
  • Ángela Molina as Doña Concha / La Abuela
  • Inma Cuesta as Carmen de Triana / La Madre
  • Macarena García as Carmen / Blancanieves
  • Sofía Oria as Carmencita / Blancanieves
  • Josep Maria Pou as Don Carlos / El Apoderado
  • Ramón Barea as Don Martín
  • Pere Ponce as Genaro / El Chófer
  • Emilio Gavira as Jesusín


The inspiration for the film began when writer-director Pablo Berger saw a photograph of bullfighting dwarves in España Oculta (1989, ISBN 8477820686), by Cristina García Rodero. By 2003, Berger had written Blancanieves and was working to raise funds for it soon after his film Torremolinos 73 was appearing at festivals; eight years later, in May 2011, he was working on the storyboards for Blancanieves and about to begin principal photography when news reached him that The Artist had been shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival:

"Nobody knew about The Artist until it appeared in Cannes. 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."

According to Berger, Blancanieves is a "love letter to European silent cinema, ... especially French. Abel Gance for me is God. Movies like Napoleon, J'Accuse!, La Roue are extraordinary."

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