20.000 especies de abejas

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Clausura Spain 124 min Catalan premiere Fiction


An eight-year-old child struggles with the fact that people keep addressing her in confusing ways. During a summer at her grand aunt’s among the beehives, her life and her mother’s will change forever. The debut of the Basque director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren in the fiction feature film arrives to the screens of the D’A through the front door, after being part of the Official Section of the Berlinale, where its very young protagonist, Sofía Otero, won the Silver Bear for best performance, and being selected at Cannes and San Sebastián with her previous short film, Cuerdas.

Presented by the director


Catalan CinemaSpanish CinemaComing-of-ageFemale DirectorFamíliaFeminismLGTBIFirst Feature


Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

She has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the UPV-Bilbao, in Editing and Editing Theory from EICTV of Cuba, and a master’s degree in Cinematographic Direction and Film Business from ESCAC. She has directed several short films that have premiered at international festivals. Her first feature, Voces de papel, was selected in San Sebastián, and her last short, Chords, at the Critics’ Week in Cannes. With 20,000 Species of Bees, it has been part of the Official Section of Berlinale.

Filmography: 20,000 Species of Bees (2023, D'A 2023), Chords (short film, 2022), Ashes and Dust (short film, 2020), Los casos gramaticales (short film, 2018), The Declensions (short film, 2018), Paper Voices (2016), Adri (short film, 2013)

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Film information

Director: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Script: Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Contact: BTeam Pictures
With: Sofía Otero, Patricia López Arnaiz, Miguel Garcés, Ane Gabarain
Country: Spain
Year: 2023
Length: 124 min
Language: Spanish, Basque
Subtitles: Spanish for hearing impaired
Edition: 2023


Silver Bear for Best Performance

Golden Biznaga for Best Film
Silver Biznaga for Best Supporting Actress
Feroz Puerta Oscura Award


20.000 especies de abejas