Thursday 22 October, 7:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre
Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov | 2019 | Macedonia | Cert 12A | 87 min | Turkish with English subtitles | Documentary
Tickets can be purchased in advance exclusively via HULL TRUCK BOX OFFICE
Hull Truck Theatre is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room usually open around twenty minutes before the performance starts.
7:00pm: Programme starts
8:40pm: Programme ends
The programme runtime includes an allowance for introductions and trailers. This may vary and in some cases, the film will begin immediately after a short introduction.
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 new family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.
Awards and Reviews
Winner – Grand Jury Prize Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hot Docs Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival Official Selections
“Stefanov and Kotevska have done more than record the rhythms and textures of rural life. They have shaped their observations… into a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change.” – New York Times
“This lovely, heartrending movie leaves you marveling at her history and thinking anxiously for her future – and wondering, perhaps, why her example of basic decency has become so endangered.” – Los Angeles Times
HONEYLAND is rated 12A. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).