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20,000 SPECIES OF BEES [Spain], Thursday 29 February, 8pm

By archive, Season 25, Winter 2024

Online booking is appreciated. Click here to buy your ticket for 20,000 SPECIES OF BEES.

Eight-year-old Coco doesn’t identify with the male name, Aitor, she was assigned at birth. She would in fact prefer to be called Lucia. However her family, even her open-minded sculptress mother, are struggling to see Lucia for who she really is. So when Coco (as the child goes by for a while) and her family spend the summer with her mother’s relatives in the Basque countryside, the time she spends tending to bees with her eccentric aunt Lourdes, finally gives the little girl the confidence to accept her developing identity and share her feelings with others.

Featuring an astonishing central performance from Sofia Otero as Coco [Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance, Berlin International Film Festival 2023], Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren’s moving debut film approaches its young lead character’s story of self-discovery with great sensitivity and humanity.

96% Rotten Tomatoes

With this gentle, empathic picture, Urresola joins a conversation that usually plays out as a screaming match and tones it down to a murmur. – Observer [UK]

A warm and generously performed film. – Guardian

★ A beautifully realised piece of work, this is far more than just an issue film. – Eye For Film

An engaging, authentic, moving film about the way society persists in seeing monsters where there are none. – Screen International

  • Spain, 2023 | Language: Spanish | 2 h 9 min | Cert: CLUB
  • Director: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
  • Cast: Sofia Otero, Patricia López Arnaiz, Ane Gabarain
  • Foreign language films are subtitled. 
  • Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
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