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20,000 Species of Bees

20,000 Species of Bees

Running time: 128 mins


Estibaliz Urresolas delicate debut feature 20,000 Species of Bees for which its young star Sofa Otero won the Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance at 2023s Berlin Film Festival is a tender, heartfelt drama about an eight-year-olds indelible summer holiday of self-discovery. Otero plays a trans girl, who rejects her given name Aitor, perplexed by the gender binaries that rule her world, where boys and girls are divided at playtime, and relatives chide her long hair. An inquisitive soul with a thirst for knowledge, she loves to learn new words and skills, and questions why she doesnt feel certain of who she is when it seems so easy for her older siblings. Ane (Patricia Lpez Arnaiz), her mother, takes the children back to her hometown in the Basque Country for the summer, where Coc (as the child goes by for a while) spends hours with her great aunt, the village beekeeper, watching her work and asking her to define unfamiliar terms. Its here that Coc feels most free to be herself. While Ane is well-meaning, she is distracted by her own troubles, and is going through an identity crisis of her own. Reminiscent of Cline Sciammas Tomboy in its considered authenticity, 20,000 Species of Bees offers a childs eye view of growing up, delving into its leads struggles with humanity and grace.

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