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Honeyland Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

A bee whisperer in the Macedonian mountain idyll, from whose strenuous everyday life she sometimes flees. A condensed, intense drama that is much more than just a portrait.

Honeyland

Documentary Film
2019
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Atanas Georgiev
Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Foltin
Fejmi Daut, Samir Ljuma
Atanas Georgiev
Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Rana Eid
Hatidze is not alone. She has her bees. And she nurses her sick, bedridden mother. Every now and then she packs her jars of honey and homemade baskets and goes to the market in the capital, where she flirts with the sellers, treats herself to a hair dye and enjoys escaping the loneliness of her Macedonian mountain idyll for a moment: being, for a short while, nothing but a single woman around fifty, free from all her routine burdens and ready to enjoy life. In her remote, barren mountain village she hardly has time for this, because there she is devotedly breeding bee colonies in crevices. As a bee whisperer, she sings old folksongs to her charges, needs no head or hand protection and takes only the honey she is entitled to, leaving the rest to the bees. They are her family. But when a nomad clan with seven kids and 150 cows suddenly settles on the neighbouring property, her lonely idyll is in danger of being shattered.

The two directors Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska have condensed roughly 400 hours of film material in a poetic, intense drama that is much more than just the portrait of a beekeeper. Between observation and metaphor, they follow Hatidze through ups and downs. In her world it’s the bees that decide who will be allowed to stay in the end.

Julia Weigl

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Alerik

Animated Film
2013
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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Labina Mitevska, Katrin Böhringer
Vuk Mitevski
Virginie Saint-Martine, Antoine Bellem
Nick Gaster
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Coming from the Balkans, this imaginative animation deals quite philosophically with the war and its impact on young people who were forced to join the army. The director’s choice of textures and colours along with the unusual camera movements and careful sound design create an exquisite visual style.
Rada Šešić

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

SK 2014

Documentary Film
2014
26 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kumjana Novakova
Kumjana Novakova, Guillermo Carreras-Candi, Emilio Guerra Delgado
Emilio Guerra Delgado
Guillermo Carreras-Candi
Oriol Gallart Miret
“Monuments are good for nothing.” As monuments and museums rise around the fixed camera’s field of vision, “SK 2014” deconstructs a regime’s absurdity. The absurdity of its reading of the political, its need to mythologise itself, its absurd stones. Even in the rhythm of Offenbach, it is the graveyard of a community. Though it may appear grandiose to some.
Kumjana Novakova

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Seamstresses

Documentary Film
2011
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Maria Wischnewski, Anahita Nazemi, Ognen Antov, Christian Beetz
Biljana Garvanlieva
Robert Rabenalt, Anja Dolak
Dimo Popov, Manuel Zimmer
André Nier
Biljana Garvanlieva
Manuel Zimmer, Darko Boskovski, Bratislav Zafirovski
In a small provincial town the women work while most of the men are unemployed. Whatever their education women can only work in the local factory as seamstresses. Their small salary does not allow them to buy even one of the blouses they make. The film intelligently questions what good globalisation brings us and what may become of our dreams.
Rada Šešić

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.