20,000 Species of Bees


€9 / €7 (conc.)


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 and her family spend the summer with her mother’s relatives in the Spanish countryside, the time she spends tending to bees with her open-minded aunt Lourdes, finally gives the little girl the confidence to accept her developing identity and share her feelings with others.

Featuring an award-winning central performance from Sofia Otero as Coco, Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren’s moving debut film approaches its young lead character’s story of self-discovery with great sensitivity and humanity.

Festival & Awards

Berlin International Film Festival 2023 – Winner, Silver Bear For Best Leading Performance 
Seattle International Film Festival 2023 – Winner, Grand Jury Prize 
Sydney Film Festival 2023
GAZE International LGBTQIA Film Festival 2023
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2023
BFI London Film Festival 2023


A beautifully realised piece of work, this is far more than just an issue film.”

– Jennie Kermode, Eye For Film

“… an engaging, authentic, moving film about the way society persists in seeing monsters where there are none.”
– Lee Marshall, Screen International

Film Info

129 mins | Spain | 2023 | Cert: CLUB 

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Sofia Otero, Patricia López Arnaiz, Ane Gabarain