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Spain Selects Silent, Black-and-White 'Blancanieves' as Official Oscar Entry

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 27, 2012 at 12:43PM

In a year of American Snow White reinventions, Spain has followed suit and picked "Blancanieves" as its official entry for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Oscar race. While the 1920s-set matador tale looks to be more imaginative than "Mirror Mirror" or "Snow White and the Huntsman" (and received rave reviews out of Toronto), it's hard to know if it will resound with the Academy -- the film is silent and black-and-white, which feels "been there, done that" after the success of "The Artist."
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"Blancanieves"
"Blancanieves"

In a year of American Snow White reinventions, Spain has followed suit and picked Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves" as its official entry for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Oscar race. While the 1920s-set matador tale looks to be more imaginative than "Mirror Mirror" or "Snow White and the Huntsman" (and received rave reviews out of Toronto), it's hard to know if it will resound with the Academy -- the film is silent and black-and-white, which may feel "been there, done that" after the success of "The Artist."

"Blancanieves" was picked from a shortlist that included "The Artist and the Model" (Fernando Trueba's live-action follow-up to "Chica & Rita") and tough cop drama "Unit 7." Maribel Verdu ("Y Tu Mama Tambien") stars as a delightfully smart-campy evil stepmother, who sequesters the young maiden in the lower depths of her villa.

Check out our roundup of Foreign-Language submissions (including Belgium, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Palestine) here, with Canada's selection here, Finland's selection here, Denmark's selection here, Italy's selection here and info on Iran's decision to boycott the 2013 Oscars here.

This article is related to: Awards, Academy Awards, Maribel Verdú, Awards, Oscars


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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.