Girl resting head on arm, looking over at man, man's hair in foreground.

20,000 Species of Bees

(20.000 especies de abejas)

Surrounded by beehives, eight-year-old Cocó discovers her identity as a trans girl. Not only does Cocó undergo a gradual social transition – her mother changes too as together, in the heat of the Basque sun, they reassess what it means to be a woman.

Summer, a time of adventure and timelessness that invites an exploration, not only of one’s surroundings but also of oneself. But what if along the way we find that we don’t belong anywhere? When visiting her great-aunt, Cocó realises that everyone who calls her by her boy’s name is causing her pain. She decides to confront matters and chooses the name Lucia. In this fragile drama, her directorial debut, the filmmaker portrays the feelings of uncertainty and the fear of rejection felt by a young child. Lucia finally finds refuge and understanding in the bee kingdom of her great-aunt Lourdes, who becomes her guide on the path to finding herself in the buzzing hive of the human world.

Ponrepo Cinema, Bartolomějská 11, Praha 1


Atlas – Large Hall, Ke Štvanici 371/4, Praha 8

Kristýna Genttnerová, Moderator
Tomáš Kufa, Psychologist
Title20,000 Species of Bees
Original Title20.000 especies de abejas
Original LanguageBasque
Subtitles Czech, English
Film typeFeature film
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginSpain
Length125 min.
Tags Children and Youth, LGBTQ+, Europe
Director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

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