SKOPJE: The Macedonian documentary Honeyland directed by Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska was sold by Submarine Entertainment to US distribution outfit Neon. No release date has been set yet.
Following its world premiere on 28 January 2019, Stefanov and Kotevska’s debut feature swept three prizes in Sundance: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography and World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality.
Honeyland follows 50-year-old Atidze, the last female bee-hunter in Europe, who must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood. The film is an exploration of an observational, indigenous visual narrative that deeply impacts our behaviour towards natural resources and the human condition.
Honeyland was produced by Atanas Georgiev and Ljubo Stefanov through Trice Films and Apollo Media. The film stars Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam and Mustafa Sam, with cinematography by Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma.