25 February: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£4 – £6
2019 – Certificate – 12A
– Honeyland –
Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, kindly Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a deserted village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers using traditional methods to eke out a living farming honey in small batches.
When an unruly itinerant family moves in what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they too want to practice bee keeping while disregarding her advice. This causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze’s isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.
The most awarded 2019 film at the Sundance Film Festival, Honeyland is an epic visually stunning portrayal of the delicate balance between nature and humanity. It has received two Oscar nominations.
In Turkish with sub-titles.
Running Time 90 mins
Ratings Info Cert 12A ✪✪✪✪✪
Director(s) Tamara Kotevska,Ljubomir Stefanov
Cast includes As themselves – Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam
Nominations & Awards 22 wins from 43 nominations including three awards at Sundance Film Festival and Oscar nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Film.
In this terrific documentary shot in North Macedonia, a woman tending wild hives is rattled by her new, disruptive neighbours
No-nonsense beekeper Hatidze Muratova’s face is as weathered and craggy as the cliff face we see her scaling at the start of this gripping, Sundance-winning documentary.
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. As for Hatidze, you could watch her for hours.
A Macedonian bee-keeper may not be the documentary subject you think you need in your life, but this gorgeous and closely observed film makes the case that it is. Playing more like a particularly thoughtful indie drama than the usual carefully narrated documentary, it’s the story of a vanishing way of life, in a forgotten corner of Europe, but also a character study of extraordinary intimacy and feeling.
Stunningly beautiful and quietly powerful…………. while there may be small echoes of Jean de Florette’s river, there are no villains here, just people trying to do their best for their families. The filmmakers spent years with their fascinating, complicated heroine and let their images speak for themselves: there are no caption cards here, no narration, just Hatidza’s endlessly expressive face. But the time they lavished on her, and the care and attention they gave to the edit, pays off in intimate storytelling and stunning cinematography.
Hatidze operates almost entirely alone in this remote part of the country, pausing only to care for her partially paralyzed mother, tend to her other animals at home and make the trek to Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, to sell her harvest and shop. Her caring nature shines throughout the movie, even when her world is rocked by an unforeseen force: neighbours
The directors get out of the way of the story and let nature take its course between the two factions. “Honeyland” is both an immersive experience and an undeniably gorgeous reflection on our relationship to nature.
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