Hive

Drama | Albanian with English subtitles | 84 minutes

Info

Hive is based on a true story of a woman, Fahrije, who, with  other women in the village, search for their missing husbands shortly after the Kosovo War in 1998-1999. Determined to provide for her struggling family, Fahrije manages her husband’s bee hive, bottles the honey, and sells it at the local market. This doesn’t generate enough income. Fahrije then bottles her special recipe for a hot pepper sauce. When this becomes a hit, Fahrije and her best friend Nazmije, motivate  other widows to help them in this enterprise.  Fahrije subsequently encounters  the enmity of the men in the village who condemn women displaying such independence. The animosity is so severe that it threatens the financial future of Fahrije and her family.

Cast
Yllka Gashi (Fahrije) / Kumrije Hoxha (Nazmije)
Why Stream This Film?
“Anchored by Yllka Gashi’s outstanding performance, HIVE leads viewers on one woman’s fact-based quest for self-determination in a patriarchal society.” Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Metacritic Score: 71
Accolades
  • 7
    Sundance Film Festival: Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize; Best Director, World Cinema (Blerta Basholli)
  • Academy Awards: Kosovan Submission, Best International Feature Film
  • Hive received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Gashi’s sturdy  portrayal of a  no-nonsense woman doesn’t traffic in cheap inspiration and neither does Basholli’s film. Instead it serves as an indictment of absurd cultural restraints and traditions and a reminder that the tragedies of war extend beyond the battlefield.
Tom Long

Detroit Free Press

HIVE isn’t focused on partisan politics, nor is it waving any obvious flags. Instead it concentrates on the textures, gestures and practices of everyday lives. HIVE seizes and holds your interest simply through the drama created by the sympathetic characters trying to surmount awful, unfair hurdles.
Manohla Dargis

The New York Times

The sumptuous film, based on Cuarón’s own childhood, reverberates not only with innocence but with the awful intuition of its collapse.
Anthony Lane

The New Yorker

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