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.
Bent on committing as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the beast, a Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult. Now, he must become an unrelenting sinner. Is there still hope?
Pastel de Sangre is an anthology of four short films whose theme revolves around “terror throughout history” The first film “Tarot” takes place during the crusades. The second, “Nineteenth Century” is about the love triangle of Frankenstein. The third, “Terror among Christians” takes place sometime during the reign of the Roman Empire and the fourth and last, “The Dance”, is a contemporary ghost story.
Professor Jorge Serra Hamilton, an American scientist specialist in the atomic bomb, flees from their transcendental duties, in order to take shelter incognito and for a time in the idyllic Spanish village of Calabuch, a small village on the Mediterranean shores. Oblivious to the relevance of their occasional guest, local residents spend their time engaged in their modest daily chores. The affable professor Hamilton not only integrates perfectly into the small town of Calabuch, forging a deep friendship with its neighbors, but there he will find happiness he craved for.
Guido Santrori, a bank employee, becomes a widower when his wife dies after having a car accident in which she was accompanied by a wealthy industrialist. To rest, he decides to take a vacation in a seaside resort in Mar de Plata. There he will meet Elena Ezzquellia, daughter of a rich family with aristocratic pretensions, with whom she will initiate a relationship that will unleash the wrath of her family.
During the time of the Spanish-American War, the commandant of a Spanish detachment in Baler, in the Philippines, realizes that the native people of his district are planning an insurrection. He orders his troops to entrench in the village church. During their stay, which is prolonged for nearly a year, there are several incidents which show the tenacity and heroism of the Spanish.
Marisa Fuentereal remembers the days of resistance in the sanctuary of the Virgen de la Cabeza. There he met Aracil, a man of extremist ideas that saved her from enemy troops, then Captain Cortés, who died in the final battle with the most defenders.
Marta spends a few days alone while her husband is on a business trip. But she starts to get scared when she hears some mysterious steps every night on the top floor. Her neighbor will try to convince her that it is her husband’s footsteps when he returns from work, but Marta does not believe it and begins to investigate.