The Nest of the Turtledove

Year of participation 2017
Program Feature Competition

The Nest of the Turtledove
Producer(s) Volodymyr Filippov, Andriy Suyarko
Director(s) Taras Tkachenko
Script Taras Tkachenko
Director of Photography Andriy Suyarko
Production designer Volodymyr Filippov
Music by Stefano Lentini
Sound Stefano Lentini
Edit Vasyl Melnik
Cast Rimma Zyubina, Vitaliy Linetskiy, Mauro Cipriani, Lina Bernardi, Nikolay Boklan, Nataliya Vasko
Production company(-ies) Insightmedia Producing Center 18, Budivelnykiv St., apt.2, Kyiv, 02100, Ukraine Tel/fax: +380442300100 E-mail:


It is a story that resonates for a generation of Ukrainian women - working in a foreign land to build a better future for their family back home. However, where there may be financial rewards, the personal costs may be high. Ukrainian woman, Darynka is returning home after several years working in Italy. She left for Italy to find work to support her family in Bukovina in the central Eastern Carpathians of Ukraine. That work involves taking care of a wealthy Italian lawyer and his elderly mother. It is a lonely existence, she is totally dependent on her employers, the elderly woman treats her with disdain and the work is round the clock. The money offers her family an opportunity to escape the otherwise grinding poverty that would have marked their lives. It funds a new house, destined to be accommodation for visitors to this part of the Carpathian Mountains, her husband is building it, however he is doing it casually and slowly. However, while she was earning money abroad her family.

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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