ANYWHERE SHE GOES

By Bohdana SMYRNOVA

PRONTO FILM - as PROD

Romance - Development 2018

Yana is a Ukrainian transplant in New York. When her brother is drafted to war in Eastern Ukraine, Yana returns home to help her Mother take care of her bed-ridden Dad. But too much may have changed in her homeland to call it home anymore.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Romance, Drama
    • Countries
    • UKRAINE, USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, UKRANIAN, RUSSIAN, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Bohdana SMYRNOVA
    • Producer(s)
    • Maxim ASADCHIY (PRONTO FILM)
    • Synopsis
    • YANA, a 30-year-old Ukrainian artist in New York, is obsessed with dogs and dreams of a place to call home. She is trying to bring her brother Andriy to live with her and her Asian American boyfriend NICK, so that Andriy does not have to serve in the war in Ukraine. Nick is strongly opposed to the idea. Feeling betrayed, Yana leaves and crashes at the home of her Latin American friend MARIA, 45, while babysitting Maria’s little daughter NATASHA. Andriy gets drafted. Yana flies to her hometown, Chernivtsi, to help her mom take care of Yana’s shut-in dad.

      Yana’s MOM is now religious. Embarrassed of his condition, her DAD does not let Yana take care of him. Yana can’t find a job. When she lights sparklers to celebrate little Natasha’s birthday over

      Skype in an internet café, she suddenly sees the business’ owner IHOR roll under the table. She learns that most war veterans respond this way to anything like an explosion.

      ANDRIY comes home – and Yana spends a few days with him. Andriy’s departure to war is heartbreaking. A guy on the street asks Yana for a cigarette and she recognizes him as Ihor, the internet café owner. Together, they feed stray dogs. Yana starts to frequent the internet café. She teaches an art therapy class to veterans and invites Ihor. She finds a treatment for her dad that offers him relief.

      One day, Yana runs out of money. She accepts a job offer in New York, the place that is not ‘home’ but from where she can take care of the people who are ‘home’ for her.