2019 | Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov | Republic of Macedonia | Turkish with English subtitles | 90 min | NR
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.
“Honeyland is both an immersive experience and an undeniably gorgeous reflection on our relationship to nature.” –Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com
“Honeyland swarms with difficult, ancient truths about parents, children, greed, respect, and the need for husbandry.” –Anthony Lane, The New Yorker