20,000 especies de abejas 20,000 species of bees

20,000 especies de abejas 20,000 species of bees

About the film

An eight-year-old child is suffering because people keep addressing them in ways that causes discomfort. They insist on calling them by their birth name Aitor. And their nickname, Cocó, even if less obviously wrong, does not feel right either. During a summer in the Basque country, the child confides these worries to relatives and friends. But how can a mother handle her child’s quest for identity when she is herself still dealing with her own ambivalent parental legacy?

Basque director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren’s debut feature is a sunny drama.This wonderfully sensitive work is carried by heart-wrenching performances from newcomer Sofía Otero as the little girl in search of a name and Patricia López Arnaiz as her conflicted yet loving mother. But, just as a multitude of bees ensure nature’s diversity, supporting roles are no less essential for the film’s heroine, and a largely female environment shows her some of the diverse ways in which it is possible to be a woman. By adopting more than one point of view, Urresola is respecting the incredible complexity that is gender identity, and touching on one perhaps less obvious aspect of transitioning: your mentality.

“A Tender and Assured Feature Debut About Gender and the Generational Divide ”


Festivals & Awards Winner:

Premiere • Berlinale Competition 2023 Premiere • Málaga Film festival 2023


25 November

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