Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Honeyland
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Honeyland

Honeyland

Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov

2019
85 min.
Macedonia
Turkish
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

A woman in her fifties rears bee colonies in handmade baskets. Thanks to a secret ritual, the precious liquid they produce is never exhausted.

Datasheet

Show
Direction
Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Sound
Rana Eid
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Production
Atanas Georgiev (Trice Films)
Co-production
Ljubomir Stefanov (Apolo Media)
Starring
Hatidze Muratova
Edition
Atanas Georgiev
Music
Foltin
Synopsis

A woman in her fifties rears bee colonies in handmade baskets that she leaves hidden among rocks. Thanks to a secret ritual, the precious liquid they produce is never exhausted. Without protection or help, she is able to tame them to extract then honey and sell it in the capital. Everything is idyllic until, suddenly, new neighbors settle near the hives, destroying her peace and that of her bees.

Just as working bees spend their whole life caring for the queen bee, Hatidze has committed her own life to the care of her mother. The two live in a cabin in a small Macedonian village. The arrival of newcomers, a family with seven loud children accompanied by 150 cows will cause a conflict that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

About the direction
Tamara Kotevska

Tamara Kotevska

Director

Tamara Kotevska is graduated in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts Skopje. 5 years exp...

Ljubomir Stefanov

Ljubomir Stefanov

Director

Ljubomir Stefanov has over 20 years of experience in the development and production of communication...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2019
DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama Section
Edició 2019
2019
Best Documentary · DocsBarcelona Festival
Edició 2019
2020
Docs del Mes · September
Edició 2020

Awards and festivals

Best International Film Nomination · Oscar Awards
United States, 2020
Best Documentary Nominationl · Oscar Awards
United States, 2020
Best Documentary · DocsBarcelona
Barcelona, 2019
European Documentary · European Film Awards
Germany, 2019
Visions du Reél
Swiss, 2019
Best International Film · DocAviv Film Fest
Israel, 2019
Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Honeyland
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Reviews

Hatidze's story is heartbreakingly moving, and needs no heavy editorialising. Her strength, dignity, resilience and humanity carry the film's truth and weight.

— Paul Byrnes · Sydney Morning Herald

Although it starts as a meditation on the hardship and rhythms of rural life, Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's documentary becomes something more intimate.

— Ed Potton · Times (UK)

Honeyland really is a miraculous feat, shot over three years as if by invisible camera - not a single furtive glance is directed towards the film-makers.

— Cath Clarke · Guardian
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