La colmena (film)

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.

La colmena
Directed byMario Camus
Produced byJosé Luis Dibildos
Written byJosé Luis Dibildos
StarringVictoria Abril
Ana Belén
Francisco Algora
Charo López
Camilo José Cela
Luis Escobar
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba
Music byAntón García Abril
Distributed bySuevia Films
Release date
11 October 1982
Running time
112 minutes


The film is set in Madrid during the postwar period, beginning in 1942. The population suffers the consequences of the civil war. A group of members of a social gathering meet every day in the café La Delicia.



The film was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Golden Bear.[1]


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1983 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-11-15.

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