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