Harmony House

A couple is quarreling in an old, miserable kitchen. The hero, a former military man, tired from his daily drunkenness, sits at the table, drinking vodka. A girl passes by him, heading towards the bedroom. On the way, she shouts at the hero that she can no longer live with such an alcoholic. The hero shouts back at her angrily, unintelligibly. In the bedroom, the girl starts packing her things into a suitcase. The boyfriend tries to stop her, but after a couple of steps, he stumbles over a bottle and falls. Getting up, the hero sees that the girl is already standing on the doorstep, putting on her shoes. The hero grabs her hand. The girl pulls away and slaps him. The guy falls to the floor again from the unexpected blow. Lying on the floor, he continues to grumble at the girl, but she doesn't notice him and leaves the apartment...
A few weeks have passed. The hero wakes up in his bedroom on an air mattress. There are mountains of garbage around him. The bedding is completely crumpled and dirty. He is dressed in an old, gray robe, worn-out, family underpants and a soiled vest. Finding a half-empty glass with an unclear liquid next to him, he drinks it and immediately spits it out on the bed.

While in the toilet, a light bulb burns out over his head. In the semi-darkness, he curses at it. The hero rummages through the trash, looking for the light bulb, but instead he finds a homemade, pink Harmony House box made by his girlfriend. After clearing the kitchen table, he puts the unusual box on the table. The hero looks at the contents of the box. Among the various things associated with blackout (candles, matches, a power bank, phone wires, antiseptic, and red lipstick), the hero finds a light bulb. He abruptly regains consciousness when he finds this light bulb among the junk. The hero takes the light bulb in his hands and examines it.

Flashback. We see a romantic candlelit dinner in the kitchen that the hero has arranged for his girlfriend. He is wearing a clean, military uniform. The hero asks the girl to close her eyes. The heroine closes her eyes, smiling. After a couple of seconds, the guy calls out to her to open her eyes. Together with the heroine, we see that the hero has organized a small, comical performance. He has put a light bulb in his mouth with the base side and strung one eclair on each fork. The guy bows to the girl and at the same second the light bulb in his mouth lights up. The hero repeats Charlie Chaplin's dance with buns. The heroine laughs.
Return to reality. The hero wakes up from a memory. His sincere, smiling state turns into regret and self-pity. For becoming such a shit. Tears begin to well up in his eyes. He slowly brings the light bulb to his mouth, pushes it in with the base part. The bulb lights up. The hero looks around, illuminating the corners of his abandoned apartment with the light bulb in his mouth. The character starts to cry even more.

Flash forward. We see half a table. On a clean tablecloth (which was in the flashback), there is a table setting: a clean plate, a glass of wine, a fork, a knife, a cloth napkin. Two eclairs pierced with forks reappear in the frame, and the hero's hands are seen performing a Charlie Chaplin dance with the buns. We see the hero playing with the eclairs in a festive shirt. He continues to perform the Charlie Chaplin dance with buns (with eclairs). He holds a light bulb in his mouth, which illuminates the stage for the eclairs like a spotlight. A few seconds later, a woman's hand appears and takes the light bulb away. The hero intercepts the girl's hand, falls to her, kisses her, caresses her. He presses it to his cheek. He whispers lines of a poem...

  • Yakiv Kyriienko
  • Yakiv Kyriienko
  • Yakiv Kyriienko
  • Evhenii Lamakh
    Key Cast
    "Military man"
  • Valeria Koneva
    Key Cast
    "The main character's girlfriend "
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
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    Digital, Blackmagic 6k
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts
Director Biography - Yakiv Kyriienko

In 2019, he graduated from Kyiv Secondary School No. 70.
While still at school, I served in the children's theater-studio "Suitcase" for six years (artistic director Igor Koltovsky, http://www.sakvoyag.org). I played in the plays Akakiy (based on the novel "Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol), Angel, and When I'm Little Again. He also graduated from Kyiv Music School No. 28 with a degree in saxophone.

In 2019-2020 I studied at the Warsaw Film School
(Warszawska Szkoła Filmowa, https://www.szkolafilmowa.pl), Faculty of Feature Film Directing. While studying in Warsaw, he made the following study sketches and films:

"The Nose"

"Man with an iPhone"


In 2021, I worked at Omerta Production Studio as an assistant project producer and as a 2D animator, designer, and participated in the following projects:
"Concert for the Independence Day of Ukraine" (Trk Ukraine). He made advertising posters, concert invitations and posters.
He was a member of the directing team of the TV show "Ukraine's Got Talent" as an assistant producer and footage designer. Before the war, he also managed to work at the Eurovision 2022 qualifying round as a production assistant and technical designer (posters, tickets, bracelets).

During the war, I temporarily lived in Kamianets-Podilskyi. I worked at the SOS Civil Defense Headquarters charity volunteer foundation. We made 2 hours of airtime and broadcast every day from 19:00 to 21:00 on the local TV channel of Kamianets-Podilskyi to the entire Khmelnytskyi region. I, as an editing director, assembled the entire program for the broadcast, edited informational and social stories...

In 2022, I entered the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, Faculty of Film and Television Directing:

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