HONEYLAND

Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Director Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Producer Atanas Georgiev - Trice Films
Writer Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Camera Fejmi Daut, Samir Ljuma
Editor Atanas Georgiev
Cast Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam
Year 2019
Length 89 min
Country North Macedonia
Subtitles English
Section DOCUMENTARIES OPEN DEBATES / MASTERS OF TOMORROW


The first documentary ever to receive Oscar nomination in two categories at this year’s Academy Awards. After premiere at Sundance FF, Macedonian film Honeyland swept dozens of awards on all continents. A beautiful and miraculous celebration of living with nature, and a celebration of the Eastern European documentary cinema.

Synopsis

Visually stunning, compelling and masterly narrated, this must-see epic makes us ponder over the delicate balance between nature and humans. Hatidze, a Macedonian village woman, devoted her whole life to beekeeping and selling honey. She lives high in the mountains, being isolated and lonely. She is probably the last female wild beekeeper in Europe who nourishes the ancient style of working, trying to save the bees and maintain the natural balance in their environment. Her Honeyland gets invaded by a big family of nomadic beekeepers, who make her happy and sad. Their bee keeping techniques threaten her wild bees and her own livelihood. This film revolves around Hatidze’s struggle to save the bees, her day-to-day modest surviving needs, while taking care of her old and bedridden mother. The directors, to whom this film is a debut in the feature-length production, observed for three years their protagonist patiently, meticulously investing not only time but lots of love as well.

The screening of this thought-provoking film with marvellous photography will be accompanied by Samir Ljuma, the director of photography who will give the masterclass after the screening on December 9 in LHC Utrecht.