Historic success: Honeyland nominated in two Oscar categories


The Macedonian award-winning documentary “Honeyland” by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov is officially nominated in two categories – Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film. This is the first time in the history of Macedonian cinematography that a film has been listed in two categories.

The five nominees for Best Documentary Feature besides Honeyland are “American Factory”, “The Cave”, “The Edge of Democracy” and “For Sama”, while the Best International Feature Film nominees are “Corpus Christi” – Poland, “Les Miserables” – France, “Pain and Glory” – Spain, and “Parasite” – South Korea.

“Honeyland” was named Best Documentary at the American Sundance Film Festival. The film won two awards at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The two directors were awarded the Best First Documentary Award, and the main protagonist in the documentary – Hatidze Muratova, was awarded the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary award.

At the Berlin International Documentary Awards the film won two prestigious awards – the Pare Lorentz Prize and the Best Cinematography Award.

“Honeyland” tells the story of Hatidze Muratova, the last wild beekeeper in Europe, living alone with her mother in Central Macedonia. The main idea of the film is to show the nature of man and the disruption of natural balance through the collision of two different ways of using Earth’s resources.

“Honeyland” is the second Macedonian film to be nominated in the Academy Awards. Milcho Manchevski’s “Before the Rain” (1994) was nominated 25 years ago in the category Best International Feature Film.

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