Paris-based Luxbox emphasized the international rights to “20,000 species of bees”, one of Spain’s most anticipated features in 2023.
BTM Pictures, distributor of “Holy Spider” and San Sebastian winner “The Kings of the World,” will handle the film’s release in Spain.
The movie is the latest in a growing canon of titles by young Spanish directors who have a grounded sense when dealing with big universal issues – think Carla Simon’s “Summer 1993” and Berlin Golden Bear winner “Alcaras,” Alauda Ruiz de Azua’s “Lullaby” and Elena López Riera. “The Water” – “20,000 Species of Bees” marks the first feature of Basque Country-based Estíbaliz Uresola Solágurén, whose short, “Cuerdas,” won the Cannes Critics’ Week Rele d’Or in May and was the winner of the Forqué Award for Best Short in Spain this December. .
It turns on an eight-year-old girl who struggles with the fact that people address her in confusing ways. During a summer bee in the Basque Country, she explores her identity with the women in her family, who simultaneously reflect on their own lives and desires.
Similar to “Querdas,” the film takes a different perspective with the parents developing their daughter’s identity as key to her happiness.
The bees emerge as a powerful symbol of interdependence and a predominantly female environment in a film that charms with its uneasy naturalism while being what Ursola calls “a hymn to the diversity of ways of being and feeling as a woman”.
“30,000 Species of Bees” joins Luxbox’s long list of high profile early feature pick-ups from Latin America and now Spain. These include “Clara Sola” by Nathalie Alvarez Messen, “The Heresies” by Marcelo Martinez and “Rojo” by Benjamin Naishtat.
“It’s a great pleasure that Luxbox has entered our fold. It’s an honor to be part of such a catalog full of inspiring directors and interesting titles with my first film,” Uresola told Variety.
He added: “I couldn’t imagine a better travel companion for the flight that our 20,000 species of bees are now on. I’m sure we can learn a lot from their perspective and work, and knowing how much care they take in the films they choose.” Looking forward to starting working together.”
Produced by a prestigious partnership of Basque Country-based Gariza, “Querdas” and Lara Izagir’s “Nora” and Inicia Films, producers of “Summer 1993” and Pilar Palomero’s San Sebastian hit “La Maternal,” “20,000,” a Berlinale co-production. The Production Market and Les Ateliers d’Angers Festival Premiere Plan and in Spain, the Basque Development Program were held through Noca and Madrid Film School’s The Screen Incubator. In 2022, Uresola was chosen as one of diversity 10 Spanish director tracks.
“We met Fiorella from Luxbox in the middle of the pandemic when the project was in the writing stages,” said Valerie Delpierre of Incia Films and Lara Izagirre of Gariza Films.
“Immediately we felt that we could work well with his team, that our film and our director’s vision matched the line of films they previously represented and we were impressed,” “I met the ‘Bee’ team in 2020! Their The vision really impressed me. It’s been a pleasure to follow the evolution of this project and finally discover a beautiful, unique and important film,” added Fiorella Moretti of Luxbox. “Through her natural misfortune, Estebaliz succeeds in bringing us into the universe of this eight-year-old girl. Done It’s a real honor for us to be on board to make the film go so far.”