Rent Honeyland (2019)

3.9 of 5 from 154 ratings
1h 30min
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Synopsis:
In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently manoeuvres the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares. One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze's peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back - not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy.
But soon Hussein, the itinerant family's patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze's way of life forever.
Actors:
Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam
Directors:
Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Producers:
Atanas Georgiev, Ljubomir Stefanov
Writers:
Atanas Georgiev, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Others:
Atanas Georgiev, Fejmi Daut, Samir Ljuma, Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevksa
Aka:
Medena Zemja
Studio:
Dogwoof
Genres:
Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Countries:
Republic of Macedonia, Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Awards:

2019 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary

2019 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Special Jury Prize Documentary #2

2019 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Cinematography Award Documentary

BBFC:
Release Date:
24/02/2020
Run Time:
90 minutes
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/02/2020
Run Time:
90 minutes
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of Honeyland

Powerful and intriguing - Honeyland review by PD

Spoiler Alert
05/03/2020

Directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, this film is a documentary about the life and labours of one Hatidze Muratova. Originally commissioned to make a video about conservation efforts in Macedonia, the filmmakers apparently spent three years with Hatidze, and as a result, the film is great at recording the rhythms and textures of rural life, the directors shaping their observations into a neorealist fable; an impossibly stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change.

Hatidze lives with her mother Nazife, who is bedridden and partly blind, a dog named Jackie, a few cats, and ... quite a few industrious bees. Hatidze’s methods are intimate and humane; she’s endowed with a loving touch that, seemingly, the bees and the other animals recognise. She speaks to them and sings to them, but, above all, she nurtures and nourishes them, telling the bees, “half for you, half for me”, treating the hives that she sustains on another rock wall, alongside her home, with familial care. And Hatidze isn’t entirely isolated from the rest of the world. Skopje is only a little more than 12 miles away, and she travels there, on foot and by train, to sell her honey. Because of its superior quality and her shrewdness, it fetches a good price. But just as we are settling into Hatidze’s company, appreciating the edges and contours of her personality and savouring the deep pleasure of her work, the pastoral calm is shattered by a family rumbling into the village in a noisy trailer that turns out to be the quietest thing about it. At first, Hatidze welcomes these neighbours - Turkish speakers like her, but the the sheer chaos that surrounds them conspire to disrupt Hatidze’s routines. From this point the film unfolds with a novelistic intricacy and tightly sprung dramatic mechanism, and we get caught up in its destructive power, its brewing enmities, and its overarching, tragic sense of the disturbance of cosmic order.

Films of this kind inevitably raise questions - I found myself wondering what she thought of the filmmakers who were following her on this perilous mission—how she and they arranged the shooting, and what effect the filmmakers’ presence had on her. Solitude is one of the film’s prime subjects and also its dramatic mainspring, and its details and practicalities are merely hinted at, and rather unexplored. Much of the movie is filmed in the Muratova home; Hatidze displays the daily details of her domestic life and her labours to the filmmakers, who must have virtually lived with her for the time while they were filming. But the terms of their complicity, the relationship that they and Hatidze share, remain a somewhat frustrating blank. However, for all of this, this is powerful, intriguing work.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Stepping into another world - Honeyland review by SD

Spoiler Alert
21/04/2020

Stepping into another world and seeing the conflicts of drastically different approaches to life. Such a powerful way of showing how life has changed and what is needed in the world namely respect for nature. 

The main character is such an interesting woman.

 An aside, I was left with a great yearning for proper honey like you never see normally.   

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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