Pablo Berger is one of this year’s shining stars at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The 49-year-old Spanish director’s latest film Blancanieves, which premiered in the United States at the festival, claimed the Cine Latino Award in Palm Springs.
Blancanieves, which earned 18 Goya Award nominations last week, is a black-and-white silent film that re-imagines Snow White as a female bullfighter in 1920s Seville. The film is described as an homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of Europe’s silent cinema.
Blancanieves beat out Argentina’s Las mariposas de Sadourni, directed by Dario Nardi, to win the award.
Meanwhile, Peru’s El limpiador, directed Adrian Saba, won the New Voices/New Visions Award; Paraguay’s 7 Boxes, directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori earned honorable mention honors.
The festival, which began January 3, screened 182 films from 68 countries, including 42 of the 71 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards.