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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)
★★★★★ “…incredible cinematic experience…a miracle in so many ways.” Herald Sun / Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “…an exceptionally beautiful film…heartbreakingly moving…” SMH / The Age / Brisbane Times
★★★★ “…COMPELLING…enriched by thousands of tiny, intimate, unexpected details. Sunday Telegraph
★★★★"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
★★★★ "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." - Guardian
★★★★ “SUPERB…quietly powerful and utterly unique.” - Weekend Sunrise (Seven)
★★★★ “…JAW-DROPPING…spectacularly humane…” - Film Mafia / Movieland (ABC Radio)
★★★★ “…visually beguiling, emotionally moving and morally committed…you are not likely to forget in a hurry.” Cinephilia
"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
"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
“…poignant and beautifully observed…a timely non-fiction fable…COMPELLING…a universal tale…a film that scintillates quietly…” - ABC Arts
“…extraordinarily compelling…a story…greater than fiction…a beautiful, haunting encapsulation of our times.” - Filmblerg
“…a sublime and deeply moving documentary…DON’T MISS IT.” - Filmink
“…BEAUTIFUL…a powerful cautionary tale…one of the BEST documentaries of the year…” - Glam Adelaide
Academy Award Nominations: Best Documentary; Best International Feature Film