OFS REEL FILM: THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE on 35MM
June 13, 16, 17
OFS Reel Film presents:
THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE on 35mm
In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of Spain’s devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by the memory of it. Produced as Franco’s long regime was nearing its end and widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s, The Spirit of the Beehive is a bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life and one of the most visually arresting movies ever made.
Dir: Víctor Erice / 1973 / Spain / 99 min
“It’s a film that transports us back not just to the sights and sounds of childhood but to a core of sweet innocence and sometimes ignorant bliss.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
“Those who haven’t seen it since the ’70s may find themselves amazed all over again by its lyrical potency and grace; those who have never seen it may wonder how it can be that a film this great isn’t shown somewhere all the time.” – Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
“Takes place at the particular intersection of reality and fantasy defined by youthful moviegoing.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
SCREENING: WED 6/13 7:00PM; SAT 6/16 6:30PM; SUN 6/17 5:00PM
Tickets available at the box office 1/2 hour before showtimes.