An eight-year-old who played a transgender “girl” in the Spanish-Basque movie 20,000 Species of Bees took home the top acting prize at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.
Eight-year-old Sofía Otero won the festival’s Silver Bear prize for lead performance for the movie 20,000 Species of Bees in which Otero plays a young boy named Aitor who believes he is a girl and wants to go by the name “Lucia.” The movie follows the extended family on a trip to visit their beekeeping grandmother, who develops a special bond with the gender-confused tot.
In one of the movie’s central dilemmas, the transgender “girl” must decide what outfit to where for an upcoming baptism, according to reviews.
It remains unclear if Otero is transgender or is a biological girl. The film’s director reportedly