Honeyland (2019 film)

Honeyland (Macedonian: "Медена земја") is a 2019 Macedonian documentary film directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov. It won three awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.[4] It was selected as North Macedonia's entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.[5][6]

Theatrical release poster
Directed byTamara Kotevska
Ljubomir Stefanov
Produced byAtanas Georgiev
Music byFoltin
CinematographyFejmi Daut
Samir Ljuma
Edited byAtanas Georgiev
  • Trice Films
  • Apolo Media[1]
Distributed byDogwoof
Release date
  • 28 January 2019 (2019-01-28) (Sundance)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryNorth Macedonia
Box office$724,050[2][3]


A documentary about a beekeeper's work in a remote village in North Macedonia.[6]


The world premiere of Honeyland was at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and given a U.S. theatrical release by Neon on 26 July 2019.[7] It was released in the United Kingdom on 13 September by Dogwoof.[8]


Box office

Honeyland grossed $712,363 in the United States and Canada, and $11,687 in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of US$724,050.[9][10]

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 99% based on 80 reviews, with an average rating of 8.36/10. It also has an 86/100 average on Metacritic.[11] The website's critical consensus reads, "Honeyland uses life in a remote village to offer an eye-opening perspective on experiences that should resonate even for audiences halfway around the world."[12] David Ehlrich writing for IndieWire gave the film a B+ in his review, calling it “a bitter and mesmerically beautiful documentary that focuses on a single beekeeper as though our collective future hinges on the fragile relationship between she and her hives.”[13] Guy Lodge wrote in a positive review for Variety, "In Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's painstaking observational documentary, everything from the honey upwards is organic."[14] Writing for the The Hollywood Reporter, Sheri Linden called it "An unforgettable vérité character study and an intimate look at an endangered tradition."[15] Ed Potton of The Times, who gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, said of the documentary "Although it starts as a meditation on the hardship and rhythms of rural life, Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's documentary becomes something more intimate."[16] Rating it 4 out of 5, Helen O’Hara of Empire magazine, summed up the film as "Stunningly beautiful and quietly powerful, this is a portrait of a vanishing way of life and of a determined woman who's just trying to make her way in the world."[17]

See also


  1. 'Honeyland': Sundance Review | Reviews | Screendaily
  2. "Honeyland (2019)". Box Office Mojo. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  3. "Honeyland (2019)". The Numbers. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  4. "2019 Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced". www.sundance.org.
  5. Magleshov, Vasko. "„Медена земја" – македонски кандидат за „Оскар"". Makfax. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  6. Holdsworth, Nick. "Oscars: North Macedonia Selects 'Honeyland' for Best International Feature Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  7. ‘Honeyland’ Trailer: The Beekeeping Documentary That Had Sundance Abuzz indieWire. Retrieved 6 September 2019
  8. HONEYLAND | British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 6 September 2019
  9. "Honeyland (2019)". Box Office Mojo. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  10. "Honeyland (2019)". The Numbers. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  11. Honeyland, retrieved 9 October 2019
  12. "Honeyland (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  13. ‘Honeyland’ Trailer: The Beekeeping Documentary That Had Sundance Abuzz indieWire. Retrieved 6 September 2019
  14. "Sundance Film Review: 'Honeyland'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  15. "'Honeyland': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  16. Potton, Ed (13 September 2019). "Honeyland review — quietly heartbreaking meditation on rural life". The Times. News Corp. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  17. O’Hara, Helen (11 September 2019). "Honeyland Review". Empire. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
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