Focus Features has announced that Goran Stolevski’s highly-anticipated film, Housekeeping For Beginners, will hit theaters on January 26, 2024. After premiering at the Venice Film Festival in the prestigious “Orizzonti” (Horizons) competitive section, the film captivated audiences and garnered critical acclaim, earning the esteemed Queer Lion Award. Not only that, but it was also chosen as North Macedonia’s entry for the international Oscar race. Housekeeping For Beginners delves into the complexities of family dynamics, exploring the bonds we inherit and those we forge ourselves.
The heart of the narrative revolves around Dita, a woman who never imagined herself as a mother. However, circumstances lead her to take on the responsibility of raising her girlfriend’s two daughters, Mia and Vanesa. Mia, a mischievous troublemaker, and Vanesa, a rebellious teenager, clash with Dita’s individual will, resulting in a beautifully heartwarming story of an unconventional family’s struggle to stay together.
Bringing these vibrant characters to life is a talented ensemble cast led by Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Vladimir Tintor, Mia Mustafa, Dzada Selim, Sara Klimoska, Rozafë Çelaj, and Ajse Useini. Their performances infuse the film with authenticity and emotional depth, further enhancing the relatability of the story.
Housekeeping For Beginners marks the third collaboration between Focus Features and writer-director Goran Stolevski. Known for his unique and compelling storytelling, Stolevski has established himself as a rising talent in the industry. His previous films, You Won’t Be Alone and Of An Age, have garnered critical acclaim for their thought-provoking narratives and strong performances.
An International Effort
Produced by List Production, Madants, Kinorama, Sense Production, and Industria Film, in collaboration with Film I Väst, CommonGround Pictures, and Causeway Films, the production of Housekeeping For Beginners received crucial support from various film agencies and centers, including the North Macedonian Film Agency, Croatian Audiovisual Center, Film Center Serbia, Polish Film Institute, and Kosovo Cinematography Center.
Focus Features will handle the distribution of Housekeeping For Beginners in the United States, while Universal Pictures International will oversee international distribution (excluding Eastern Europe). This ensures that audiences around the world will have the opportunity to experience the poignant and relatable story of this unconventional family.
Housekeeping For Beginners delves into the universal truths of family, reminding us that the bonds we form are not solely based on blood relations but on the connections we make with one another. Through its heartwarming narrative and compelling performances, the film explores the resilience and love that can arise in the most unexpected circumstances.
Housekeeping For Beginners is a film that captures the essence of family dynamics, showcasing the struggles and triumphs of an unconventional family. With a talented cast, a thought-provoking storyline, and the masterful direction of Goran Stolevski, this film is poised to leave a lasting impact on audiences worldwide. Mark your calendars for January 26, 2024, and prepare to embark on a journey of love, growth, and the power of family connections.