Housekeeping for Beginners – Director Goran Stolevski

Debuting to rave reviews, filmmaker Goran Stolevski’s HOUSEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS explores the universal truths of family, encompassing both the bonds we inherit and those we create. Stolevski’s multi-layered focuses on the exploration  of human behavior and the universal truths of family life. Both the ones we are born into and the ones we find for ourselves. Dita (Anamaria Marinca) never wanted to be a mother, but circumstances force her to raise her girlfriend’s two daughters, tiny troublemaker Mia (Dzada Selim) and rebellious teen Vanesa (Mia Mustafi). Toni (Vladimir Tintor) never wanted to be a father. A battle of wills ensues as they continue to butt heads and become an unlikely family that must fight to stay together. Director / Writer / Editor Goran Stolevski (You Won’t Be Alone, Of Any Age) joins us to talk about the challenges that come with a mostly non-professional cast of actors, cultivating the kinetic talent that we see in Samson Selim (Ali), how he wove together multiple, overlapping storylines into the joy that this unconventional family eventually finds in each other.


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About the filmmaker – Goran Stolevski was born and grew up in North Macedonia before migrating to Australia as a teenager. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. He won the Ruben Mamoulian Best Director Award at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival with You Deserve Everything, before attending the Berlinale Talent Campus and MIFF Accelerator as well as receiving the $50,000 Lexus Fellowship for his short film My Boy Oleg. His 25 shorts have screened at more than hundred festivals across six continents, including the Clermont-Ferrand, Melbourne, Raindance, Adelaide, London Shorts. He is an alumnus of Screen Australia’s Talent Escalator initiative. He is director of three episodes of the next season of a popular Australian adventure series Nowhere Boys. He has written nine feature scripts and his tenth, You’ll Love Me, has received a development grant from Screen Australia.


100% on RottenTomatoes

“An untamed, densely detailed drama that crackles with so much feral energy, you practically get a static shock from the screen.” – Wendy Ide, Screen International

“There are many greatly moving moments in the director’s third feature, all connected by a heartfelt understanding of the value of nurturing companionship.” – Rafaela Sales Ross, Little White Lies

“Like an unkempt home that is messy to the visitor’s eye, yet where the owner can find anything in a heartbeat, “Housekeeping for Beginners” is in full control of its disorder.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

“It confirms Stolevski’s standing, established with the witchy thriller You Won’t Be Alone, as a filmmaker of impressive originality, skill and style. Goran Stolevski. Remember that name.” – Stephanie Bunbury, Deadline Hollywood Daily

“For all the apparent chaos, this is a tightly controlled piece of work which fully delivers on the promise of Stolevski’s earlier films.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film