Spirit of the Beehive - part of the Cheltenham International Film Festival
Cheltenham International Film Festival

Spirit of the Beehive - part of the Cheltenham International Film Festival

This screening forms part of Cheltenham International Film Festival, which marks its 5th anniversary in 2023. The festival will screen new films from around the world, plus film classics and is adding television, and new live events to its programme, along with guest celebrities.

The year is 1940 and the Spanish Civil War is coming to its end...

In a small village, six-year-old Ana becomes obsessed with the film Frankenstein when it is shown at her local cinema. While Ana looks for fictious monsters, there are plenty of real ones around in the aftermath of the recent conflict. The allegorical nature of Spirit Of The Beehive hid its real intent on first release in the fascist Spain of the 1970’s. It has become one of the most acclaimed Spanish films ever made and was a major influence on Oscar Winning director Guillermo Del Toro and his seminal work Pan’s Labyrinth.

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