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 Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a 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, offering up her affections, her brandy and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice.
It doesn’t take long however, before Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey. Hussein has seven young mouths to feed and nowhere to graze his cattle, and he soon casts Hatidze’s advice aside in his hunt for profit. This causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze’s isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.
|Director(s):||Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska|
|Production:||Ljubo Stefanov, Atanas Georgiev, Marjana Shushlevska, Kornelija Ristovska|
|Actors:||Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam, Mustafa Sam, Muzafer Sam, Veli Sam, Ali Sam, Alit Sam, Gamze Sam, Ljutvish Sam, Safet Javorovac|
|Our age recommendation:||12|
|Country of origin:||Macedonia|
|Screening rights:||Deckert Distribution () | Filme für die Erde (Switzerland, Liechtenstein) | Neue Visionen (Germany, Austria)|
Every frame of Honeyland pulses with the cycles of life and glows with Hatidze’s magical vitality and optimism. This visually sumptuous, vérité glimpse into a forgotten world is an ode to two endangered and priceless treasures: human decency and the delicate balance of nature. – Sundance Festival
Winner of this year’s World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, "Honeyland" is a beautiful and poignant meditation on loneliness and the fragile symbiosis between humans and nature. – Montclair Film Festival
Tamara Kotevska and Lyubomir Stefanov have created a small masterpiece of documentary filmmaking in which incredibly beautiful images go hand in hand with a deftly constructed narrative which includes several emotional plot twists, and a simple yet magnificent story. – Docs Against Gravity
Contains worlds in one beautiful, seemingly simple story. – The New York Times
Mesmerically beautiful. – Indiewire
Winner 2019 – International Films for the Earth Festival
Astonishing and immersive. – The Guardian
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