Arnon Grunberg

Three years


"Honeyland" by Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov is a remarkable documentary about a beekeeper in Macedonia, het mother and the neighbors.
A.O. Scott wrote in the Times: The woman, Hatidze Muratova, is an actual beekeeper, and “Honeyland,” directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, is a documentary about her life and labors. Originally commissioned to make a video about conservation efforts in Macedonia, the filmmakers spent three years with Hatidze; her mother, Nazife; and the late-arriving people next door. (More about them shortly). As a result, Stefanov and Kotevska have done more than record the rhythms and textures of rural life. They have shaped their observations — more than 400 hours of footage — into a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change.
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The movie is as much a story about human resilience as it's about the destructive forces within society.

Nature is cruel and indifferent, and sometimes loneliness is just a side effect of being incorruptible.

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