NEW YORK — Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska had been in a hard-to-reach part of Northern Macedonia — about as far through the Oscars possible — once they come upon the beekeeper that would be their topic inside their acclaimed documentary “Honeyland. ”
The filmmakers met Hatidze Muratova, a middle-aged woman who ekes out a hardscrabble and solitary existence harvesting honey with ancient, sustainable methods across the craggy mountainous landscape of the former Yugoslav republic while caring for her half-blind and bedridden mother in a modest home without electricity while working on a short video commissioned by a nature conservancy project.
In Muratova, they respected not only a noble, very nearly timeless figure of ecological symbolism but a character that is inspiring of attention. Muratova hadn’t attempted to are now living in near isolation; while her village dwindled, she remained behind to take care of her mom. “Honeyland” is, you might say, her liberation.
“This woman is someone who is really a real skill and a great fan of people, ” Kotevska said in a job interview by phone alongside Stefanov. “She’s an extrovert. But life conditions brought her where she actually is. She ended up being caught for the reason that life. It was a way of freedom for her when we showed up. It absolutely was a real method of expressing her life and her tale to us. ”
Of all characters which will be arriving at the Academy Awards on Sunday, few can take a candle to Hatidze. She’ll be here, the filmmakers state, with what promises become both a culture that is astounding and a victorious minute for the modest, heroic girl who never ever desired the limelight.
In Macedonia, Kotevska claims, she’s residing the part of “a nationwide hero.…