<em>Schneewittchen</em> film still. Courtesy ARTD Degeto and Goethe-Institut NZ

Schneewittchen film still. Courtesy ARTD Degeto and Goethe-Institut NZ

Goethe-Institut NZ Holiday Fairytales - Snow White

  • Mon 26 Dec 2016
  • 1:30—2:30PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry thanks to the Goethe-Institut NZ
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • English subtitles
  • Suitable for children 6 – 14 years

This adaptation of the classic fairy tale Snow White (Schneewittchen) tells one of the most famous Grimm fairy tales to a young audience.

On the surface, it's a fairy tale about beauty, vanity, envy and selfishness, but also about the power of love, which probably must have made Snow White the romantic fairy tale classic as we know it today. But, as with many fairy tales, this one also includes different motifs and thus interpretations. This Grimm fairy tale blends multifaceted, unique and sometimes very extreme situations. From a variety of possible Grimm Brothers’ “Children's and Household Tales”, Snow White was chosen for the ARD fairytale series, “Sechs auf einen Streich” (“Six in one go”). Perhaps these are the reasons it keeps on being retold, although several film adaptations of it already exist.

This film adaptation of Snow White is exemplary of how many existential themes can be treated in a single tale all at once: blood ties, murder and vanity. The power of evil is not trivialized, but is embodied as strictness by the cruel, but also very beautiful stepmother the queen (Sonja Kirchberger). Snow White (Laura Berlin) is cheerful, spontaneous and, of course, very pretty, and acts as a role model for young girls ‒ also because the dialogue and the ensemble of actors transform the fairy tale characters into real people. The film transports viewers into a compelling picture-book fairy-tale world.

Director: Thomas Freundner, colour, 59 min., 2008


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