Project Description

The Nest of the Turtledove

  • Directed by Taras TKACHENKO 
  • Status:  Completed
  • Format:  Feature
  • Runtime:  101 min
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Country:  Ukraine, Italy
  • Language:  Ukrainian, Italian
  • Produced by Insightmedia (Ukraine), 4 Rooms (Italy)
  • Release: 2016
Daryna (Rymma Zyubina, ) returns to her village in the rural Bukovina region of Ukraine after spending two years in Genoa working as a badante (maid) for a rich, newly divorced lawyer (Mauro Cipriani) and his resentful mother (Lina Bernardi). These years of illegal work have made it possible for Daryna’s husband Dmytro (Vitaliy Linetskiy) to build a new house and for her teenage daughter to pursue her studies. They have also irrevocably changed Daryna: after living in the city for so long, she has become an independent woman. Can she possibly resume her traditional roles as wife and mother—especially given she is pregnant…?

A story that resonates for a generation of women working in a foreign land to build a better future for their family back home.

Odessa International Film Festival 2016 –  Winner Best Ukrainian Feature Film

4th Indian Cine Film Festival Bombay 2016 – Winner Best Feature Film – Jury Prize 

Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2016 – Special Achievement Award for Best Actress and Ecumenical Jury Prize

Ukrainian Academy Awards 2017 – Winner of 6 Golden Dzyga (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress)

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017 – Selected