Original name: 20,000 Especies de Abejas
English name: 20,000 Species of Bees
Run time: 125 Min
Language: Spanish, Basque, French
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Director: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Producers: Lara Izagirre Garizurieta, Valérie Delpierre
Cast: Sofía Otero, Patricia López Arnaiz, Ane Gabarain, Itziar Lazkano, Sara Cózar, Martxelo Rubio, Unax Hayden, Andere Garabieta, Miguel Garcés
Screenplay: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Cinematographer: Gina Ferrer García
Editor: Raúl Barreras
Sound Designer: Koldo Corella
Production Company: Gariza Films, Inicia Films, Sirimiri Films
World Sales: Luxbox
Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren graduated in Audiovisual Communication (UPV-Bilbao), Editing Theory (EICTV Cuba), Master in Film Direction and Master in Film Business (ESCAC). She has directed the short films Adri and Ashes and Dust. Her feature-length documentary Paper Voices (2016) premiered at San Sebastián. Her latest short film Chords has premiered at the Semaine de la Critique Cannes and has won several national and international prizes, among which Best Short Film in the Forqué Awards.
An eight-year-old is suffering because people keep addressing the child in ways that cause discomfort. They insist on calling the child by the birth name Aitor. And the nickname, Cocó, even if less obviously wrong, does not feel right either. During a summer in the Basque Country among the beehives, 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?
The child explores her identity alongside the women of her family, who at the same time reflect on their own lives and desires.