Oscars: Macedonia Nominates 'Honey Night' for Foreign-Language Category

Courtesy of Macedonian Film Agency

Ivo Trajkov's family and political drama plays out over the course of one night.

Honey Night, a family and political drama focused on the night a senior government minister and his wife mark their 10th wedding anniversary, is Macedonia's nominee for the best foreign-language film Oscar race.

Ivo Trajkov's film, combining personal stresses with a looming corruption scandal, plunges viewers into a web of personal and political associations that define the lives of the power elite in a newly-minted nation. The director was last in the Oscar race six years ago with Wingless.

Set in Skopje in the early 1990s, the story of deputy minister Nikola (Nikola Ristanovski) and his wife Ana (Verica Nedeska) is an adaptation of 1970 Czech movie The Ear - which was banned at the time by Communist authorities.

The 89-minute digital movie - shot partially in black and white - is produced by Kaval Film, Macedonia, Atalanta, Slovenia and Sound Square, Czech Republic.