ANYWHERE SHE GOES (Nirvana Guest House)
A Ukrainian artist in New York is forced to return home when brother gets drafted into war in the Ukraine.
YANA, a 30-year-old Ukrainian implant in New York, dreams of a place she’d call her own and where she can bring a dog. So far, while living with her Asian American boyfriend NICK and working with him on various interior design projects, she feels homeless. Even more so – when she is trying to save her brother Andriy from having to serve at war in Ukraine. Yana invites him to the US, and Nick very much dislikes the idea: last time Andriy came to visit, they did not get along. Yana feels betrayed and breaks up with Nick. She crushes over her Latin American friend MARIA’S, 45, while babysits her little daughter NATASHA. Before she succeeds to find new job and new home, she learns Andriy has now been drafted, and he is not against going to war. Yana decides to fly to her hometown Chernivtsi, to help her mom take care of Yana’s shut-in dad and possibly rediscover home.
VIRA, Yana’s mom, has changed. She spends more time in church and less on her now ineffective realtor gigs. DAD is now in former Yana’s bedroom, and there is no return to her cozy space. She is moving to Andriy’s room. Yana runs into stray dogs on the street and keeps on entertaining the idea of bringing them ‘home’ which she will once have. In the internet-café, when she lights sparklers to celebrate little Natasha’s birthday over Skype, she suddenly sees that she caused for the space’s owner IHOR to group and roll. She learns it is the instinct soldiers are trained to have as a reaction to anything that resembles of an explosion. Yana tries to get a job at an interior design company but ends up only getting inappropriate sexist comments.
ANDRIY comes home – and everybody is happy. Mom wants to cook for him, Dad loves his massages, Yana cuddles with him in bed and discusses personal affairs. Together, Yana and Andriy feed stray dogs. Andriy introduces Yana to the volunteer center he is part of. However, he spends almost all of the time he is back with his girlfriend ZOYA. The night before he goes to war he has Zoya over staying with him and Yana is forced to sleep with mom. Andriy’s departure, where the three women are trying to not show their sadness, is heartbreaking. A guy on the street asks Yana for a cigarette, and she recognizes Ihor, the internet café owner. Together, they feed stray dogs with sliced ham. There is a moment of a strange connection. Yana visits her old school crush who is now a war vet but realizes he, like many other people here, is taking her for a rich American and is expecting her to invest in his business. Despite she can use the internet home, Yana starts going to the internet café more and more. It seems Ihor becomes her obsession of a kind. She organizes an art therapy class for veterans and invites Ihor there, too. She finds a way to ease Dad’s brain disorder. Things seem to slowly get a meaning.
One day, Yana realizes she runs out of money, and the whole family is now in jeopardy. She decides to accept a job offer Nick, her ex-boyfriend in New York, is using as an excuse to get back together. Yana goes back to New York, to the place that is not even close to being called ‘home’ but from which she can take care of people who are that for her.
Started making films at the age of 17 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her short film Les demarches des papiers had already received international recognition when she moved to New York in 2005 to join NYU’s graduate film program with the Dean’s Fellowship. Till date, Bohdana’s shorts have been screened at more than 200 events around the world including French theatrical release and prestigious festivals such as Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Taipei Golden Horse, and Slamdance, garnering over 20 awards.
A filmmaker with a distinct voice, Bohdana explores through her stories complex human relationships, desires conflicting with reality, and situations that pose no right choice. She is currently developing her first feature film to be shot in 2017 in New York, USA, and Chernivtsi, Ukraine. She is a visiting assistant professor in film production at Wesleyan University (USA).
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