Film Screening: The Spirit of the Beehive

13 June 2018, 19:30

Woodland Walk, Dunvegan, Highland, Scotland, IV55 8WE

Free to attend

As part of Eglantine by Margaret Salmon, ATLAS Arts is pleased to invite you to a special evening screening of The Spirit of the Beehive by Victor Erice preceded by two short films by Margaret Salmon; Bird (2016) and Enemies of the Rose (2010) in Dunvegan Castle’s South Wing.

Film Synopsis

Made under the Franco regime, Victor Erice’s astonishing 1973 debut is one of the most remarkable, influential and poignant films to emerge from the 1970s. The Spirit of the Beehive is set in a rural 1940s Spanish village and follows the story of a young girl named Ana, who after viewing James Whale’s Frankenstein at a travelling cinema becomes so fascinated with the character that she is on a mission to find him. Instead, she finds a wounded army deserter and transfers her fascination to him. Her ageing father, played by Fernando Fernan Gomez, is emotionally scarred by the regime and spends his time tending his beehives while her mother dreams of distant lovers. It is a unique film that is powerfully symbolic of the emotional disintegration of the Spanish nation during the Civil War.

Certification: PG – General viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

Short Films
Bird, 2016 by Margaret Salmon (6 minutes)
Enemies of the Rose, 2010 by Margaret Salmon (5 minutes)

The Spirit of the Beehive, 1973 by Victor Erice (97 minutes)

The event is free but spaces are limited, booking is essential.

Drinks Reception

Before the screening, we will have a drinks reception at the entrance of the screening room.


The south wing of Dunvegan Castle is accessible with assistance (6 steps). For any questions regarding accessibility, please contact ATLAS.

This film screening is part of the associated public programme of the film installation Eglantine by Margaret Salmon, a film part funded and supported by ATLAS Arts in 2016, a beautiful meditative and enchanting account of a young girl’s real and fantastical adventure in a remote forest one evening.