THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (aka EL ESPÍRITU DE LA COLMENA) Spain, 1973)


In an allegory of life after General Franco’s victory in the Spanish Civil War, life in a remote village in the 1940s is calm and uneventful. Two little girls see a “Frankenstein” movie, and one of them starts wandering the countryside in search of this kind creature.
Cast: Fernando Fernán Gómez , Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería et al.
Written by Ángel Fernández Santos & Victor Erice
Directed by Victor Erice
SUBTITLES in English, German & Italian
– Voted third best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary.
– Ranked number 27 non-English-speaking film in the critics’ poll conducted by the BBC in 2018.