Most decorated festival film of the year opens today at Dayton theater

This year’s most decorated film festival is about to open in Dayton.

"Honeyland," winner of three awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, opens at The Neon movie theater in downtown Dayton today, with show times at 12:50 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.

It has also accumulated numerous awards at other festivals around the world.

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“This is the type of film that is quintessential Neon material,” Neon movies manager Jonathan McNeal said. “Gorgeous cinematography, compelling storytelling, socially conscious & globally aware. We strive to bring the best in independent cinema to town. Though some indies become cross-over hits at mainstream theaters, like Downtown Abbey and La La Land, we often program gems that you won't likely find at the multiplexes.”

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In the film, Hatidze, a 50-something woman in a deserted Macedonian village, checks on her bee colonies nestled in the charming hillside. According to, "one day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze's peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back — not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family's patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze's way of life forever."

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“Our success with documentaries this year has been testament to the fact that our customers are seeking thoughtful, engrossing non-fiction ... I think they'll be blown away by the poetry and beauty of Honeyland,” McNeal said.

The Neon is located at 130 E. 5th St. in Dayton.

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