The Spirit of the Beehive
DIRECTOR: VíCTOR ERICE
CAST: ANA TORRENT, ISABEL TELLERíA, FERNANDO FERNáN GóMEZ, TERESA GIMPERA
Once you fall under the singular spell of Víctor Erice’s classic of Spanish cinema, the film never leaves you. In one of the most magnetic performances ever given by a juvenile actor, six-year-old Ana Torrent (also wonderful in Cría cuervos... a few years later) plays a girl hypnotized and terrified by a screening of Frankenstein that shows in her small village as part of a traveling movie show. Setting his film after the devastation of the country’s 1930s civil war, Erice brilliantly enters a girl’s mysterious inner world, creating a transfixing portrait of childhood informed by movies and imagination.