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Cohen Media Group Acquires U.S. Rights for Spanish Oscar Entry 'Blancanieves'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 12, 2012 at 1:13PM

Cohen Media Group has picked up Pablo Berger's Snow White-turned-1920s matador tale "Blancanieves" for distribution. The film is Spain's official entry for the 2013 Oscars.
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"Blancanieves"
"Blancanieves"

Cohen Media Group has picked up Pablo Berger's Snow White-turned-1920s matador tale "Blancanieves" for distribution. The film is Spain's official entry for the 2013 Oscars.

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."

And The Hollywood Reporter:

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.