Neon has released the first official trailer for “Honeyland,” the award-winning Macedonian documentary about the last female bee hunter in the European region. Filmmaking partners Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov direct the film in what is their debut feature length project. Sunbathed and boundless, the trailer already colors the screen with images of nature and human civilization that seem too stunning to even fathom.
Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. HONEYLAND is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.
The documentary was the most awarded film out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, a Special Jury Award for Cinematography, and another Special Jury Award for Originality. The film also recently won the Bruce Sinofsky Documentary Prize at the Montclair Film Festival.
It was a little over a week after its Park City premiere that the documentary was picked up by Neon, who’ve in the past distributed “Vox Lux,” “Assassination Nation,” “Three Identical Strangers” and Academy Award nominated “I, Tonya.” Out of Utah, Neon acquired “Luce,” “Monos,” “The Lodge” and the Lupita Nyong’o led “Little Monsters.” This year, the studio has its eyes set on the wider scope as its latest acquisition was Bong Joon-Ho’s Palme d’Or-winning film “Parasite” out of Cannes. The independent studio is quickly rising to the occasion in power move acquisitions to boast.
“Honeyland” is produced by Trice Films and Apolo Media. It’s being distributed in the US by Neon and will release in theaters July 26. Check out the trailer and poster below!