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Housekeeping for Beginners

Domakinstvo za Pocetnici / ДОМАЌИНСТВО ЗА ПОЧЕТНИЦИ

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Dita (Anamaria Marinca, from 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) never wanted to be a mother, but circumstances compel 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 in the midst of an extended makeshift family — a recipe for chaos, laughter and heartache, all jumbled up together.

Hot from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, this rambunctious Eastern European comic drama is the third feature in just two years from Macedonian-born, Australian-educated writer-director Goran Stolevski, a rising star on the international film scene. The vibe here is “verité”: real locations; handheld camera; improvised, overlapping dialogue; life in flux. As Stolevski explains: “The purpose was always for the viewer to experience the story as the characters experiencing it. For the viewer to viscerally feel the panic and intensity of their plight, to get a sense of what life is like in their skin and to ultimately take part in their emotional journey.”

A fizzy, huggable portrait of a self-made, roughly blended queer family.
Hollywood Reporter


Anamaria Marinca, Alina Serban, Samson Selim, Mia Mustafi, Vladimir Tintor

Country of Origin







In Macedonian, Romani, Albanian with English subtitles

Content Warning

Sexual Discrimination

107 min

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Goran Stolevski


Naum Doksevski


Goran Stolevski

Production Design

Anna Rzezniczek

Original Music

Alen Sinkauz, Nenad Sinkauz


Goran Stolevski headshot

Goran Stolevski

Goran was born and grew up in Macedonia before migrating to Australia in his teens. His debut feature, You Won’t Be Alone, premiered in official competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, while his second, Of an Age, opened the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival before winning the $100,000 CinefestOz prize for Best Australian Film. Both films were distributed internationally by Focus Features and Universal. Before shifting to features, Goran had made twenty-five shorts, playing over 200 festivals worldwide, with Would You Look at Her winning the jury prize for Best International Short at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and being selected for the Criterion Channel. Goran completed a Bachelor in Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Filmography: You Won’t Be Alone (2022); Of an Age (2022)

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