HIFF: Preserving Tradition in “Honeyland”


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.

That’s the story behind “Honeyland,” a documentary by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov that was the most awarded film at 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.

As part of its “Now Showing” series, Hamptons International Film Festival will present a screening of “Honeyland” at Guild Hall in East Hampton onSaturday, September 14, at 6 p.m. The film is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

Throughout the year, “Now Showing” brings notable films currently in theaters to the East End. Curated by HIFF, the seriesfeatures acclaimed first-run art house, independent, and world cinema.

Tickets for “Honeyland” are $15 ($13 Guild Hall and HIFF members) at 631-324-4050, theatermania.com or 1-866-811-4111. Guild Hall is at 158 Main Street, East Hampton.