As in the novel of the same title from Camilo Jose Cela, “La Colmena” is a sad composition with the stories of many people in the Madrid of 1942, just the postwar of the spanish civil war. The main theme of the film is the contrast between the poets, surviving close to misery under the Franco’s regime, and the winners of the war, the emerging class of the people that makes easy money with illegal business.
La Colmena (tr. The Beehive or The Hive) is a 1982 Spanish film directed by Mario Camus. Based on the novel The Hive by Camilo José Cela, it depicts the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and its impact on several characters. Cela has a small role as Matías. The film was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Golden Bear.
The Beehive – La Colmena (1982)
Directed by: Mario Camus
Starring: Victoria Abril, Ana Belén, Concha Velasco, Francisco Rabal, Mario Pardo, Fiorella Faltoyano, José Sazatornil, Marta Fernández Muro
Screenplay by: José Luis Dibildos
Production Design by: Ramiro Gómez
Cinematography by: Hans Burmann
Film Editing by: José María Biurrún
Costume Design by: León Revuelta
Set Decoration by: Ramiro Gómez
Music by: Antón García Abril
Distributed by: Suevia Films
Release Date: October 11, 1982