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HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS Trailer: Goran Stolevski Follows Up ‘Of An Age’ With a Tale of An Unlikely Queer Family

Goran Stolevski is a filmmaker on the rise who’s had three strong features over the last few years. The Macedonian-Australian director made a splash at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival with his witchy horror You Won’t Be Alone. He followed that up with the tender, decade-spanning gay romance Of An Age. He now returns to his native North Macedonia with a raw new drama that is also the country’s official Oscars submission for Best International Feature. Housekeeping For Beginners is a cinéma vérité-like exploration of a makeshift family that is forced to come together under tragic circumstances. Anamaria Marinca (in her second collaboration with Stolevski after You Won’t Be Alone) stars as Dita, a social worker who lives with her girlfriend (Alina Serban), her girlfriend’s daughters, and other runaways/lost souls in a tightly-spaced house. When tragedy strikes, Dita is forced to step up as a caretaker to the two girls and make some unconventional decisions to keep their family together.

Stolevski shot the film in real locations without rehearsals – contributing to its documentary-like aesthetic. It also explores the lack of legal protections for LGBTQIA+ citizens of Macedonia, which play a huge role in this dysfunctional group having to find common ground with one another. Focus Features – which has released all three of Stolevski’s films – has released the official trailer ahead of its release early next year.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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 opens in theaters January 26. See the trailer and poster below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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