HONEYLAND

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Film synopsis

When a nomadic family move in and break Honeyland’s basic rule, the last female wild beekeeper in Europe must save the bees and restore the natural balance.

Nominated for 2 Academy Awards: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE & BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city–a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, it doesn’t take long however, before a conflict evolves that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability.

The debut feature from documentarians Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, HONEYLAND is made with the widescreen sweep of an epic, yet clearly built from an intimate collaboration between filmmakers and subject. With a surprising sense of humour, it’s a tough and tender portrait of the delicate balance between humankind and nature, a glimpse at a fast-disappearing way of life, and an unforgettable testament to one extraordinary woman’s resilience.

The most awarded film out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, a Special Jury Award for Cinematography, and another Special Jury Award for Originality.

“Contains worlds in one beautiful, seemingly simple story” – The New York Times

Running time

86

Country of origin

Macedonia

Year of production

2019

Cast

Hatidze Muratova
Nazife Muratova
Hussein Sam

Director

Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

Genres

Available formats

DCP

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