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The last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood. This film which is filmed in Macedonia is an exploration of an observational Indigenous visual narrative that deeply impacts our behavior towards natural resources and the human condition.

Also Known As: Medena Zemja Republic of, Honeyland - Le royaume des abeilles, Honningland, Kraina miodu, Honeyland, Land des Honigs

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  • varfolomii-fesenko
    varfolomii fesenko

    Real People and Bees. Movie So Good I thought there were some Bees in the Theatre and tried to swat them away Visually stunning !!!

  • gina-hardin
    gina hardin

    This film, deceivingly titled “Honeyland,” starts out visually beautiful and charming. Enjoy it while it lasts, for what follows is what this film is really about: An audio/visual assault chronicling the depressing squalor and destructive stupidity of the “nomadic family” that pulls their trailer up next door, bringing with them (for the viewing pleasure of the audience) all their nonstop argumentative and irrational interpersonal relationships. They invade her land, steal and eventually destroy her livelihood, while we watch her aged mother fade away and die.But not to worry, having literally scorched the earth and left it barren, they eventually hitch up their trailer and move along in search of their next host, leaving our charismatic middle-aged protagonist pondering the hope that she and her dog can start from scratch.

  • gulsevil-neval-yaman
    gulsevil neval yaman

    HATIGE IS THE NATURE AND THE FAMILY IS THE PEOPLE ON THE EARTH…

  • jindriska-vackova
    jindriska vackova

    An extraordinary movie, which is representing every single aspect of our everyday lives. So touching, so pure, also sad, but on the other hand so real, that makes you think deeply about your existence. I wasn’t the only one who didn’t want to leave the cinema last night.Perfect !!

  • vadim-schmiedt
    vadim schmiedt

    An amazing documentary about environment, life and everything on between. A must see, I feel very fortunate to have stumbled across this film.

  • paulauskas-tajus
    paulauskas tajus

    In a microcosm you get to see what humans are doing wrong. The amount of time the filmmakers have spent with the subject of the film, shows in the level of intimacy that the camera has acquired in their lives. As if it’s a pair of eyes. And not a camera. Making this a thoroughly engaging film.

  • agnes-delorme-raymond
    agnes delorme raymond

    This beautiful movie captures the hardships of a kind Turkish beekeeper who has to face the challenges of taking care of her ancient mother and confronting a disturbing family. I am glad that I had the honor of seeing this masterpiece. If you ever get the chance to watch, please do.

  • bertrand-buisson
    bertrand buisson

    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.

  • robert-hart
    robert hart

    “Honeyland” (2019 release from Macedonia; 87 min.) is a documentary about a woman named Hatidze. As the movie opens, Hatidze is walking in the mountains, to a remote beehive, which she carefully and lovingly tends to. When she gets back to her village, we see her taking care of very elderly mom, who looks like she might be 90 or more. Hatidze makes a train trip into Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, to sell jars of honey. Then one day, a large Turkish family moves their mobile trailer next to Hatidze’s small house… At this point we are 10 min. into the movie.Couple of comments: this astonishing film is co-directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. I’ve no idea how much time the film makers spent in Hatidze’s remote village. I do know this: they came up with some amazing footage. It’s not entirely clear how far the village is from Skopje, but it certainly feels like it’s a certainly away. Hatidze has no electricity in her house. She makes a very modest living simply by selling honey at the market in Skopje. It there that we learn from Hatidze that she was born in 1964. The film makers bring us a very human portrait of what life is like in one of the poorest and most remote areas of Central Europe. There are several significant events taking place in the documentary, and hence I want to spoil by saying anything further about it. Just watch! As it turns out, Hatidze is a natural before the camera, and while she is of course not “performing”, what we see on the big screen is one of to more remarkable characters I have seen in a while.”Honeyland” premiered at this year’s Sundance film festival to immediate critical acclaim. There is a reason this movie is currently 99% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie opened recently at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The Sunday matinee screening where I saw this at was attended poorly (only 2 people, including myself). Hopefully this movie will find a bigger audience as the year-end awards start rolling in. I am going on record already that this movie will hand at least one Oscar nomination, and maybe even two (Best Documentary; Best Foreign Language Movie), and that would be its just reward. If you are interested in a deeply moving and human documentary, I’d readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

  • dr-gulyas-s-maria
    dr gulyas s maria

    This documentary definitely regained my hope for Macedonian cinema. I just don’t know where to start but i’m going to start my review with the protagonists. For me, Atije is symbol of strength and persistence. She is something this world needs badly. She proves that even in the hardest times, people need to be aware of doing the right thing, no matter how bad life gets. Also, we are all connected in this world, humans, nature, flora and fauna. That’s why she always puts nature first. In order to take, you must give. But greed gets the best of us. That’s what this documentary proves. Sincere, caring and self-less are the words to describe Atije.While i was watching the documentary, i thought of how every moment was captured at the right time. Even they hired the best actors and actresses in the world, it wouldn’t have been nearly as good as this documentary.Local people with a troubled story reflects on a global ecological problem. – That’s how i would describe this piece of art.If you want a true wake up call that will get even to the hardest of hearts, go with this one.

  • denis-svoboda
    denis svoboda

    The relatively modern tools Hussein uses to weigh honey only help to cement the film’s clear microcosm of the tension between sustainability and industrialization; between restraint and a catastrophic lack of foresight. In that sense, watching “Honeyland” is like looking at the greatest problems of our time through a pinhole, but the film sees the situation with a clarity that gets under your skin and breaks your heart. Far from a scolding, rub-your-nose-in-it depiction of environmental havoc, this is a tender story about the chaos of abandoning the common good. By reflecting Muratova’s relationship with her hives against the social contract that she’s formed with her mother – and that binds Hussein to his family – Kotevska and Stefanov shine a light on what the bees have always told us: They survive by serving each other. And if they ever disappeared completely, people would only have themselves to blame.

  • simon-endrene
    simon endrene

    This is a very beautiful film. Thank you so much for making it. A film that celebrates everything about life.

  • timothee-roy
    timothee roy

    Honeyland is about a woman who searches for beehives on cliffs and in hollowed-out areas of trees in the isolated Macedonian valley where she lives, collects the bees, takes them home, and eventually takes the train into Skopje – the capital of Macedonia – to try to sell the honey. She takes care of her elderly mother as well. One day a large family of nomads drive into the valley. They bring their cattle, and they also bring their bees. They settle down right by where the bee woman lives. As you can imagine, feathers are ruffled. But both parties are civil to each other despite voices being raised. In one scene, the father nomad decides to burn down a big old tree so he can plant some corn, which he needs to feed his cattle. The bee woman is livid about that as she watches the tree burn. Father nomad says something like, “OK, you take care of my children and I promise not to burn any more trees.”Two common scenes in the film are people biting into honeycombs, and people blowing smoke onto bees.I loved the close-up scenes of the bees….for example, after a rain there’s a close-up of bees struggling to get out of the water and onto a leaf.Hope you get to bee it. I mean see it.~ Leonard

  • kaalidaas-sinh
    kaalidaas sinh

    In “Honeyland,” one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, a flying drone camera peers down on a distant peasant woman walking a long mountainous path in North Macedonia, once part of the kingdom of Alexander the Great.A different camera comes closer. The woman is in her 40s, her skin leathery, her teeth crooked, her head scarf blue and white. The path seems familiar to her.Then the camera is right behind her, on a narrow mountain ledge barely wider than her hips.She picks her way past tree branches to a large colony of bees.She sings to them, the bees do not sting her. She takes some honeycombs thick with honey, puts them in a jar in a cloth over her shoulders, and walks down from the mountain back to her simple stone home.The woman, Hatidze Muratova, lives with her mother, Nazife, 84, who is blind in one eye and cannot walk. They bicker over little things and then they kiss each others’ hands and make up.Hatidze walks and takes the train to Skopje, the capital city of some 500,000 people that is only 12 miles away.She is at ease in the city, has regular customers, is adept at gleaning the latest market information.Her quality honey sells for 12 euros a jar (more than $14), a top price.She buys groceries, including a foldable hand fan for her mother, hair dye for herself, bananas for both of them. She returns home, her mother does not know she has left.Although a documentary, there is no narrator so the audience (me) is frequently confused as to what is going on.The filmmakers – Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska – spent three years with Hatidze, shot 400 hours of film, and distilled it to 90 minutes.Even so, the film seems languid, appropriate to the unfolding story. (The film credits five interpreters; Hatidze and the other characters later in the movie are Turkish.)The filmmakers were originally commissioned to make a documentary about bee conservation, but they have delivered far more: a tiny Aesop’s fable about love, loss, ecological sustainability, greed, duty.And, as I said, it is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. The film at night reminds me of Georges de La Tour, especially the portraits where a woman brushes her hair, illuminated by a single candle.There are many grace notes. My favorite: Hatidze attaching an antenna resembling a satellite dish on a tall pole so she can get a better signal on her short-wave radio.Pounce.

  • jack-brown-gray
    jack brown gray

    Fighting with your neighbors. Struggling to care for your aging parent. Plying your craft and trade in the compassionless barreling economy of scale, so different from, and destructive to, the natural economies of being human. It is the same here, there, and everywhere. When there is no social contract their is imbalance and suffering, when the natural order is defended, there is simplicity and sustainability. One of my favorites of the year. Cinema is many things, but at its most beautiful it is an empathy engine.

  • cercis-akcay
    cercis akcay

    Honeyland (2019) was directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. It’s an extraordinary Macedonian film considered to be a documentary.Hatidze Muratova portrays herself, as does Nazife Muratova, her mother. Hatidze is a beekeeper in a seemingly remote area in Macedonia. Actually, it’s relatively close to the capitol city of Skopje. However, the terrain is truly wild. We don’t see any evidence of advanced technology except for jet vapor trails high overhead.Hatidze is a successful beekeeper. Her success is possible because she is carefully attuned to the bees and their life cycle. Her rule is “one-half of the honey for the bees, one-half for us.”All is going well until the arrival of Hussein Sam and his wife Ljutvie Sam. They are the parents of a large, sprawling family. Their livelihood comes from raising cattle, but Hussain soon realizes that he can make additional money by raising bees. However, he’s greedy, and matters start to take a wrong turn.The reason I wrote that the film is “considered to be a documentary” is because it’s hard to believe that the Sam family would arrive on cue to give the story its basic plot. Hussain isn’t a villain, but he’s certainly not a hero. Why would he allow himself and his family to be portrayed in such a negative way? They’re a real family, but I assume that this part of the movie was scripted to fit in with the basic theme.The theme is, clearly, living in harmony with nature vs. pushing nature out of harmony. (We discussed this with friends after the screening, and they brought this up first. Also, other IMDb reviewers have mentioned it. I think most viewers would agree.)We saw this film in Rochester’s great Little Theatre. **If you have the opportunity to see this movie on the large screen, don’t pass it up.** That’s because the images are so strikingly beautiful that a small screen won’t do full justice to them.I don’t usually cite cinematographers, but here is a situation where they deserve to be recognized: Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma.Honeyland has an extremely high IMDb rating of 8.1. Even if you can’t see it in a theater, it’s still definitely worth seeing. Don’t miss it.

  • ivonne-ferretti
    ivonne ferretti

    “One half for me, one half for you.”3 years. 400+ hours of footage. My 2nd viewing. Yet I am still at a loss for words at how a film like this is even possible.It somehow manages to present a grounded narrative, a parable of rural life, and a kind environmental message, all quietly captured through observational lens and intimate scope. You will witness everything from a cow giving birth to the near-drowning of a child (which, while brief, is very difficult to watch). The editing and fly-on-the-wall filmmaking style is superb.Do not miss.

  • eliza-luboch
    eliza luboch

    Ljubo Stefanov and Tarmara Kotevska’s HONEYLAND, an entrancing triple Sundance award winner is a stunning verite documentary. It plays so intimately, and with such verisimilitude that it feels almost like a narrative film. Our ‘lead actress’ is Hatidze, a lonely bee farmer of Turkish descent in the remote hills of Macedonia. She occasionally ventures into the larger town below to sell her high quality pure honey — and to pick up a few provisions. Her only other companion is her frail mother Natife, who she cares for in their ramshackle hut. The scenes between them are so tender and detailed that it becomes almost unbearably palpable at times, whether it’s the daughter gently tending to her blind eye, talking about marrying off the mid-50s woman, or sharing a meager meal of a single banana. Their isolated like is loudly broken up by the arrival of a large itinerant family who comes with and even larger assembly of livestock. At first, Hatidze and the families head, Hussein, try and get along. The numerous children provide some comfort and companionship to the beekeeper. Finding out how much money Hatidze gets for her premium nectar, Hussein latches onto the idea of harvesting bees himself. Inevitably, tension and hardship follow.What is most remarkable about HONEYLAND is that even though it functions as almost a narrative drama, none of it feels forced or constructed. The camerawork is particularly effective as the two cinematographers Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma bring us right into the scene whether it be spotting a single bee buzzing on a dripping honeycomb, Hatidze fingers gently touching her mother’s face or the birth of a cow, the viewer is there. There aren’t any fancy cuts or montages. The music is sparse, if noticeable at all, save for some scratchy source music that plays on an old radio attached to a homemade antenna trying to barely capture some signal from the world below.HONEYLAND depicts a couple of significant events in Hatidze’s life, but they aren’t overly emphasized. They just play out, like simple steps in a life. The Documentary ends without triumph or tragedy – but, just a quite moment of solitude. Neither Hatidze, nor the viewer, knows what her fate may be, but, we do believe, she’ll persevere.