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About London Film Festival: 20,000 Species Of Bees

Estibaliz Urresola’s delicate debut feature 20,000 Species of Bees – for which its young star Sofía Otero won Best Leading Performance at 2022’s Berlin Film Festival – is a heartfelt drama about an eight-year-old’s 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. An inquisitive soul, she questions why she doesn’t feel certain of who she is when it seems so easy for her older siblings. Ane (Patricia López Arnaiz), her mother, takes the children back to her hometown in the Basque Country for the summer, where Cocó spends hours with her great aunt, the village beekeeper, watching her work and asking her to define unfamiliar terms.

Reminiscent of Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy in its considered authenticity, 20,000 Species of Bees offers a child’s eye view of growing up, delving into its lead’s struggles with humanity and grace.

Tickets go on sale 10am on Tuesday 12th September.