The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Victor Erice’s exquisite impressionistic distillation of childhood fear and wonder in the ruins of the recently ended Spanish Civil War.

“A film about loss, about gaps and silences, about the scars left by conflict. Erice’s film offers a devastating portrait of a country grieving, without ever mentioning the Civil War directly. A film about the cinema, about the monsters we create and the power of cinema to animate and challenge.” Maria Delgado

“Unfolds like a waking dream, hushed and febrile and haunted by personal memory and national historical baggage.” Guy Lodge

“One of the finest meditations there is on the strange and wondrous nature of both childhood and cinema.” Rielle Navitski

1973 Spain
Directed by
Víctor Erice
Produced by
Elías Querejeta
Written by
Ángel Fernández Santos, Víctor Erice
Featuring
Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent
Running time
98 minutes

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José Arroyo
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Australia
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Josephine Botting
UK
Xan Brooks
UK
Ernest Chan Chi-wa
Hong Kong
Adrian Danks
Australia
Maria Delgado
UK
Juan Manuel García Ferrer
Spain
Bruce Hodsdon
Australia
Javier Ikaz
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Marcel Jean
Canada/France
Alexia Kannas
Australia
Guy Lodge
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Manus McManus
Ireland
Petar Milat
Croatia
David Morrison
UK
Carlos Muguiro
Spain
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UK
Rielle Navitski
USA
Jaime Pena
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Mark Reid
UK
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USA
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USA
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UK
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