When : 10thApril, 4:30 PM
Where : Instituto Cervantes Delhi
Seating : Free, FCFC
The Spirit of the Beehive (Spanish: El espíritu de la colmena) is a 1973 Spanish drama film directed by Víctor Erice. The film was Erice’s debut and is considered a masterpiece of Spanish cinema.
The film focuses on the young girl Ana and her fascination with the 1931 American horror film Frankenstein, as well as exploring her family life and schooling. The film has been called a “bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life”.
In 1940, Ana and her slightly older sister, Isabel, attend a travelling film show and are hugely impressed by James Whale’s 1931 Frankenstein, a work which even penetrates their bee-keeping father’s veil of obsession as he is distracted from his books by snatches of Colin Clive’s ranting visionary dialogue dubbed into Spanish. Discussing the film, Isabel tells Ana that the monster is a spirit who can never die, whereupon many tiny details come to convince the girl that the spirit is close…….
Awards : 1 Chicago´s Festival Award (1973), 1 International Cinema Festival of San Sebastian (1973), 5 Circle Awards Film Writers (1973).