Hull Independent Cinema

Honeyland(12A)


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Hull Independent Cinema

Honeyland (12A)

Dir: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov | Macedonia | 2019 | 87 min | Documentary

One of the most beautiful portraits of love, work, and life that you’ll see in nonfiction film this year.

In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares.

One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back—not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

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‘Stefanov and Kotevska have done more than record the rhythms and textures of rural life. They have shaped their observations... into a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change.’

New York Times

‘This lovely, heartrending movie leaves you marveling at her history and thinking anxiously for her future - and wondering, perhaps, why her example of basic decency has become so endangered.’

Los Angeles Times