DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Honeyland


Honeyland




CATALOGUE TEXT
Hatidze is not alone. She has her bees. And she nurses her sick, bedridden mother. Every now and then she packs her jars of honey and homemade baskets and goes to the market in the capital, where she flirts with the sellers, treats herself to a hair dye and enjoys escaping the loneliness of her Macedonian mountain idyll for a moment: being, for a short while, nothing but a single woman around fifty, free from all her routine burdens and ready to enjoy life. In her remote, barren mountain village she hardly has time for this, because there she is devotedly breeding bee colonies in crevices. As a bee whisperer, she sings old folksongs to her charges, needs no head or hand protection and takes only the honey she is entitled to, leaving the rest to the bees. They are her family. But when a nomad clan with seven kids and 150 cows suddenly settles on the neighbouring property, her lonely idyll is in danger of being shattered.

The two directors Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska have condensed roughly 400 hours of film material in a poetic, intense drama that is much more than just the portrait of a beekeeper. Between observation and metaphor, they follow Hatidze through ups and downs. In her world it’s the bees that decide who will be allowed to stay in the end.

Julia Weigl

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Credits
Original Title: Medena zemja Country: North Macedonia Year: 2019 Language: Turkish Subtitle: English Runtime: 86 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov Producer: Atanas Georgiev Cinematographer: Fejmi Daut, Samir Ljuma Editor: Atanas Georgiev Music: Foltin Sound: Rana Eid Script: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov Website: honeyland.earth
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