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20,000 Species Of Bees

Spain 2023, 125 min, Dir: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Spanish, Basque, & French with subtitles

 

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In a small, sleepy village in the Basque Country, a sculptor named Ane and her three children arrive at her mother Lita’s home for summer vacation. Ane and her mother’s relationship is strained — Lita disapproves of her daughter’s frayed marriage, career as an artist, and the way she parents her obstinate and mischievous children. Chief among them is eight-year-old Aitor, nicknamed Coco after it becomes clear that being referred to by the Aitor elicits feelings of distress in the child.

 

Born biologically male, neither birth name nor the genderless nickname feel quite right, and Ane’s concern for her child grows as Coco becomes more withdrawn. The child’s only respite lies in the Basque hills, where Ane’s aunt Lourdes tends to the family’s beekeeping farm. As Coco explores her own developing identity over the summer, Ane and the rest of her family in turn must learn to accept the child as she is.

 

Screenings

July 26, 2024
6:45 pm
July 29, 2024
9:15 pm