Focus Features is proud to announce the upcoming release of the celebrated film, Housekeeping for Beginners slated to hit theaters on January 26, 2024 and expand in the following weeks. The film made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival as part of the official “Orizzonti” (Horizons) competitive section, where it not only captivated audiences but also secured the prestigious Queer Lion Award.
Directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Goran Stolevski, and selected as North Macedonia’s international Oscar submission shortly after its premiere in Venice’s Horizons strand, Housekeeping for Beginners explores the universal truths of family, encompassing both the bonds we inherit and those we create. The narrative revolves around Dita, who, despite never aspiring to be a mother, finds herself compelled to raise her girlfriend’s two daughters—Mia, a tiny troublemaker, and Vanesa, a rebellious teenager. As their individual wills clash, a heartwarming story unfolds about an unlikely family's struggle to stay together.
Housekeeping for Beginners marks Focus Features' third collaboration with director Stolevski, following the success of his first two feature films, You Won't Be Alone and Of an Age. The film boasts a stellar cast including Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Vladimir Tintor, Mia Mustafa, Dzada Selim, Sara Klimoska, Rozafë Çelaj, and Ajse Useini.
Housekeeping for Beginners was produced by List Production, Madants, Kinorama, Sense Production, and Industria Film, in collaboration with Film I Väst, CommonGround Pictures, and Causeway Films, and in association with Tango, New Europe Film Sales, and the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund. The production received essential support from the North Macedonian Film Agency, Croatian Audiovisual Center, Film Center Serbia, Polish Film Institute, and Kosovo Cinematography Center.
The accomplished team of producers behind this remarkable project includes Marija Dimitrova, Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Ankica Jurić Tilić, Beata Rzeźniczek, Milan Stojanović, and Blerta Basholli.
Focus is distributing the film in the U.S. with Universal Pictures International handling international distribution (excluding Eastern Europe).
Don't miss the opportunity to experience the heartfelt journey of Housekeeping for Beginners when it arrives in theaters on January 26, 2024.