El espíritu de la colmenaThe Spirit of the Beehive

El espíritu de la colmena The Spirit of the Beehive

1973  |  Spain  |  99 mins
Víctor Erice  |  Fernando Fernán Gómez, Ana Torrent, Teresa Gimpera
Spanish, English subt.  |  Drama, Fantasy

About the film

Great opportunity to see ‘El espíritu de la colmena‘ in 35mm. The feature film debut of the Spanish filmaker Víctor Erice is both a poetic parable about the power of a child’s imagination and a reflection on the Franco regime.

This beautiful poetical and political fable captivated at the 1973 San Sebastian International Film Festival, at which it won the Golden Seashell for Best Film. Subsequently presented at the Chicago, London, Melbourne, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico, Turin and Calcutta festivals, among others, it has received countless eulogies from the critics.

In 1940, and after watching and being traumatised by the movie ‘Frankenstein’ (1931), a sensitive seven-year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world as she believes she has finally met the monster of her nightmares.

“One of the classics of our cinema. (...) Magnificent work by Ana Torrent, achieved atmospheres, images that alone say it all and a script, signed by the director himself and Ángel Fernández Santos, of infinite possibilities given its quality.”

— Fernando Morales, El País

Festival & Awards winner: Golden Shell – Best Movie at San Sebastián Film Festival 1973

Stills from the movie


Introduction and Q&A with director Víctor Erice. Screened in 35mm!
12 January
Eye Filmmuseum
Cinema 1


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