Rosa Goddard International Film Festival: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

09/28/2022 - 7:15pm
Kentucky Theatre
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Carmen Moreno-Nuño, Professor of Hispanic Studies & specialist in cinema and the Spanish Civil War

In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The youngster is profoundly disturbed by the scenes in which the monster murders the little girl and is later killed himself by the villagers. She questions her sister about the profundities of life and death and believes her older sibling when she tells her that the monster is not dead, but exists as a spirit inhabiting a nearby barn. When a Loyalist soldier, a fugitive from Franco's victorious army, hides out in the barn, Ana crosses from reality into a fantasy world of her own.


We’re thrilled to partner once again with local bookstore sQecial media to bring you The Rosa Goddard International Film Festival, an annual celebration of cinema classics from around the world. This year we are featuring films by Andrei Tarkovsky, Víctor Erice, and Yasujiro Ozu. Tarkovsky and Ozu are widely considered two of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive is regarded by many as one of the greatest Spanish films ever made. 
Tarkovsky’s film Mirror will be followed by a Q&A led by Raymond De Luca, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies and a Tarkovsky scholar at the University of Kentucky. Masamichi Inoue, Associate Professor, Japan Studies, University of Kentucky will lead a Q&A following Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning. Carmen Moreno-Nuño, Professor of Hispanic Studies and a specialist in cinema and the Spanish Civil War will lead a Q&A following Víctor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive.
All films are in their original language with English-language subtitles.