Blancanieves, Snow White with Spanish Panache

Blancanieves is a twist on the Snow White fairy tale. This time it is set in 1920s Seville (Spain) and centered on a female bullfighter. This film   won multiple Goya Awards (Spain’s highest film award) and was Spain’s submission for the Oscar’s. Pablo Berger directs and it stars Maribel Verdu (Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mama Tambien), Daniel Gimenez Cacho (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bad Education) , and Angela Molina (Live Flesh, Broken Embraces).

It’s an excellent film that will certainly delight.

The film is screening at the Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco starting April 19th.

Pan’s Labyrinth, the musical!?!

The news is out that Guillermo Del Toro is bringing it to the stage and adapting it as an English language musical.  Writer Jeremy Ungar, Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain) and lyricist Paul Williams (The Muppets, The Love Boat) make up Del Toro’s team. Drama, fantasy, and fascism on stage- I can see it now.

Back in 2006, Pan’s Labyrinth was universally acclaimed for its originality and went on to win Oscar’s in art direction, make-up, and cinematography- and nominated in three other categories including Best Foreign Language film. It also received honors from film organizations around the world including Ariel Awards (Mexico), BAFTA Awards (England), Goya Awards (Spain), among others.