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Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, Best International Feature Film and one of the most awarded films out of 2019's Sundance Film festival, HONEYLAND reveals a hidden world in the remote mountains of Macedonia where ancient beekeeping traditions have been passed down across generations.
Hatidze, the last female wild bee-hunter in Europe, understands the natural balance that must occur between nature and mankind. When a family of nomadic farmers invade her land and threaten her livelihood, the tensions between sustainability and exploitation is exposed in Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov's exquisitely photographed documentary.
Debut documentarians Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska spent more than three years with Hatidze, who provided the filmmaker's remarkable access to her life, resulting in a film that feels intimate, collaborative and unguarded. Gently funny but full of dramatic moments, it’s a poignant snapshot of a fragile balancing act – between humankind and the natural world, past and present, sustainability and exploitation.
A thoroughly engaging parable for humanity’s fractured relationship with the lands we live on, as well as being a memorable document of a truly remarkable woman, HONEYLAND is also gorgeous: it won Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography (as well as the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize, and another Special Jury Award for Impact for Change).
(Turkish with English subtitles)
“Honeyland is a vibrant, fascinating, and sober documentary that examines a serious issue by way of a human portrait … sometimes funny, sometimes beautiful and often enlightening.” – Vox
“Contains worlds in one beautiful, seemingly simple story” – The New York Times
"A microcosm for an Earth at its make-or-break point...offers tender, patient portraiture to a woman wholly dedicated to her calling." AV Club
"Mesmerically beautiful." - Indiewire
"Contains worlds in one beautiful, seemingly simple story." - New York Times
"Unforgettable...an intimate look at an endangered tradition." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Stunningly beautiful and quietly powerful, this is a portrait of a vanishing way of life and a determined woman who's just trying to make her way in the world." - Empire
Academy Award Nominations: Best Documentary; Best International Feature Film