Housekeeping for Beginners has set sights on North America. The Venice title will roll out on Jan. 26 in limited release, and expand in the following weeks.
The comedic drama from filmmaker Goran Stolevski won the Queer Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, and is North Macedonia’s international Oscar submission title.
According to the logline, the film ” 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.”
Focus previously distributed filmmaker Stolevski’s You Won’t Be Alone and Of an Age. The studio is handling North American rights, with Universal handling the international rollout.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s review stated, “Housekeeping should find an audience easily thanks to its compelling, compassionate nature” and called it “a fizzy, huggable portrait of a self-made, roughly blended queer family.”
The cast includes Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Mia Mustafa, Vladimir Tintor, Dzada Selim and Ajse Useini.