Director: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov 2019 87 Minutes Ages 15+
Honeyland Mon 07 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 02:15pm 87mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Honeyland Thu 10 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 06:15pm 300mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA
Honeyland Thu 10 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 06:15pm 87mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

This poetic portrait of one of Europe’s last wild beekeepers explores the tussle between old-world sustainability and new-world progress.

Shot over three years, this beautifully rendered observational character study won the 2019 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. It follows apiarist Hatidze Muratova and her elderly mother, who live a spare existence in the remote Macedonian countryside. Hatidze tends her bee hives along rocky outcrops, adhering to her strict honey-gathering principle of ‘take half, leave half’ to ensure the delicate balance of nature.

Her hard-won equilibrium is up-ended when a large family take root next to her home and their opportunism  threatens the health of the hives. Honeyland is an exquisite documentary that captures the subject’s infectious delight for the world in each incredible shot.


Classification:Ages 15+
Country:North Macedonia
Language:Turkish, with English subtitles
Director:Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Producer:Atanas Georgiev
Cast:Hatidze Muratova
Script:Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Program strand:Documentaries
Rights:Umbrella Entertainment