Focus Features Acquires Worldwide Rights on Goran Stolevski's Venice Entry Housekeeping for Beginners

From the acclaimed filmmaker comes a story that explores the universal truths of family.

Following successful collaborations on Goran Stolevski’s first two feature films, You Won't Be Alone and Of an Age, Focus Features has boarded the Macedonian-Australian filmmaker’s next project, Housekeeping for Beginners.

Focus is distributing the film in the U.S. with Universal Pictures International handling international distribution (excluding Eastern Europe).

Housekeeping for Beginners will celebrate its World Premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival as part of the official “Orizzonti” (Horizons) competitive section.

From acclaimed filmmaker Stolevski comes a story exploring the universal truths of family, both the ones we’re born into and the ones we find for ourselves. Dita never wanted to be a mother, but circumstances force her to raise her girlfriend’s two daughters, tiny troublemaker Mia and rebellious teen Vanesa. A battle of wills ensues as the three continue to butt heads and become an unlikely family that must fight to stay together.

The film stars Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Vladimir Tintor, Mia Mustafa, Dzada Selim, Sara Klimoska, Rozafë Çelaj, and Ajse Useini.

Housekeeping for Beginners was produced by List Production, Madants, Kinorama, Sense Production, and Industria Film, in co-production with Film I Väst, CommonGround Pictures, and Causeway Films, in association with Tango, New Europe Film Sales, and the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund. Additionally, the production secured the support of the North Macedonian Film Agency, Croatian Audiovisual Center, Film Center Serbia, Polish Film Institute and Kosovo Cinematography Center.

The producers of the film are Marija Dimitrova, Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Ankica Jurić Tilić, Beata Rzeźniczek, Milan Stojanović, and Blerta Basholli.