20,000 Species of Bees

20,000 Species of Bees
Date: 16/04/2024 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:40 pm

Here is a film that is sensitively made and rather beautiful and could help you to understand some of the issues that arise for the families of transgender children. The current debates in the media are fed by the fact that what counts as an appropriate response seems to divide opinion and not least when those who experience transgender feelings do so before they reach adulthood, as many do. 20,000 Species of Bees is a debut feature from Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren who both wrote and directed and she has told of how her wish to make the film was a response to the tragic suicide of a 16-year-old transgender boy that became known to her.

The story is centred on an 8-year-old who is introduced to us as Cocó. He is the son of Ane and very early in the film these two, together with Cocó’s siblings Nerea and Eneko, leave their home in Bayonne to cross from France to the Basque country. Their purpose is to join Ane’s relatives including her mother Lita who live there and are gathering for a christening. However, Cocó, played by Sofía Otero (who won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Leading Performance), is very much the central figure and it becomes clear that although brought up as a boy the child is uneasy about that. Their dilemma plays out in the context of a family where the members take very different positions in relation to it, much as in society. With this gentle, empathic picture, Urresola joins a conversation that usually plays out as a screaming match, and tones it down to a murmur. It turns out that you hear a lot more that way.

20,000 Species of Bees

Year: 2023

Country: Spain

Cert: 12

Duration: 128 mins

Dir: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Jordan Mintzer on 'a touching, beautiful and sensitive film.'

Venue: William Loveless Hall