FNE Oscar Watch 2020: North Macedonia Selects Honeyland as Oscar Bid

    Honeyland by Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska Honeyland by Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska

    SKOPJE: Honeyland / Medena zemja by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska has been selected as North Macedonia’s candidate for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the best international feature film category. The Oscar nominations will be announced on 13 January 2019 and the ceremony will be held on 9 February 2020.

    Stefanov and Kotevska’s debut swept three prizes at Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography and World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality.

    The film was sold by Submarine Entertainment to US distribution outfit Neon. It was recently included in the EFA Documentary Selection and it is also among the 10 films of the 2019 LUX FILM PRIZE Official Selection.

    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.

    Trice Films and Apollo Media are producing.