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 home, 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 tested beekeeping advice, not her affection, or 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.
Winner of Cinematography Award, Grand Jury Prize and World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award at 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
“Part Balkan Grey Gardens, part bittersweet meditation… Honeyland tells a story with universal resonance…” - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter