Lukas, an interpreter for a military mission, gets lost near a remote Ukrainian village and stumbles from simple misadventure into the weirdest road trip of his life.


A series of odd coincidences has left Lukas, an interpreter for an OSCE military checkpoint inspection tour, stranded near a small southern Ukrainian steppe town. With nowhere to turn, this city boy finds shelter at the home of a colorful local named Vova. With Vova as his guide, Lukas is confronted by a universe beyond his imagination, one in which life seems utterly detached from any identifiable structure. Fascinated by his host and his host's daughter Marushka, with whom he is rapidly falling in love, Lukas’s contempt for provincial life slowly melts away and sets him on a quest for a happiness he had never known could exist.

Roman Bondarchuk is well known for his festival buzz-generating documentaries Euromaidan. Rough Cut (2014) and Ukrainian Sheriffs (2015).

´Make room on the bench, Sergei Loznitsa (“Donbass”). Scoot along, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (“The Tribe”). It’s time to share the title of contemporary Ukraine’s most intriguing filmmaker with helmer Roman Bondarchuk, an erstwhile documentarian (“Ukrainian Sheriffs”), who makes a mesmerizing fiction debut with “Volcano.”

´This Ukraine-set mix of drama marbled with absurdist comedy and wry humor provides an outsider’s view of an anarchic parallel world.´

'A significant step in a promising career', 'comic, violent, romantic and surreal, with moments of beautiful artistry'

'One of the stand-out world premieres at Karlovy Vary Film Festival', 'a mix of Kafka-esque road movie and contemporary western, rich in sumptuous visuals and lyrical strangeness'.

'Bondarchuk beckons the viewer into this parallel and enchanting universe of the undiscovered New East, which can still be enticing without being scary.'

'Visually alluring, darkly sarcastic, wildly nostalgic', 'one of the most impressively-crafted opening sequences of this year', 'moving and passionate'.

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Director: Roman Bondarchuk
Genre: Comedy, drama
Original title: Вулкан
English title: Volcano
Country of production: Ukraine, Germany
Year of production: 2018
Length: 106 min.
Color: colour
Shooting format: Digital
Screening format: DCP (1:2,39, Sound 5.1, un-encrypted)
Original language: Ukrainian, English
Subtitles: English

Cast: Serhiy Stepansky, Viktor Zhdanov, Khrystyna Deilyk
Scriptwriter: Alla Tyutyunnik, Roman Bondarchuk, Dar'ya Averchenko
Director of photography: Vadim Ilkov
Editor: Mykola Bazarkin, Heike Parplies
Sound design: Borys Peter
Music: Anton Baibakov
Producers: Olena Yershova
Co-producers: Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, Michel Merkt, Dar’ya Averchenko
Production company: Tato Film
Co-production company: elemag pictures GmbH, KNM, South
Supported by: Ukrainian State Film Agency and MDM Fund

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Festivals / Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic – East of the West Competition – World Premiere
Filmfest München, Germany
Odesa IFF, Ukraine – International Competition
Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF, Armenia – Golden Apricot for Best Feature Film
European Film Festival Palić, Serbia – Competition 'Parallels and Encounters'
Haifa IFF, Israel
Almaty FF, Kazakhstan – Best Director Award
Athens IFF, Greece – International Competition
Bergen IFF, Norway
Beast IFF. Portugal – Opening Film
Vancouver IFF, USA
CinEast FF, Luxembourg
Split IFF, Croatia – Grand Prix
Chicago IFF, USA – New Directors Competition
Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon IFF, China – Hidden Dragon Audience Award
São Paulo IFF, Brazil
Valladolid IFF, Spain – Meeting Point Competition
Kinofilm Fest Winnipeg, Canada
Minsk IFF Listapad, Belarus – Main Feature Film Competition  Anton Baibakov Award for Best Sound/Score
Fort Lauderdale IFF, USA
Braunschweig IFF, Germany
Cottbus FF, Germany
Noordelijk FF, The Netherlands
Malatya IFF, Turkey – International Feature Film Competition
Rabat International Author Film Festival, Morocco – Grand Prix
Goa IFFI, India – Jury Mention Award
Tbilisi IFF, Georgia
Kerala IFF, India
Chennai IFF, India
Göteborg IFF, Sweden
Bengaluru IFF, India
Fribourg IFF, Switzerland
Cleveland IFF, USA
BAFICI, Argentina
Minneapolis St. Paul IFF, USA - Special Jury Award
Istanbul FF, Turkey
Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz, Austria
Ukrainian Film Days Tbilisi, Georgia
Seattle IFF, USA
Edinburgh IFF, UK
Taipei IFF, Taiwan
Ukranian FF, Australia
Lake Como FF, Italy
Nancy IFF, France
Matadeo in Madrid, Spain
Ukrainian FF Chicago, USA
Cinecitta IFF, The Netherlands
Lower Silesia Film Center - Cinema Ukraine Series, Poland
UKRAINA! Festiwal Filmowy in Warsaw, Poland
Weltfillmtage Thusis, Switzerland
Eastern Neighbours FF, The Netherlands
Cali International Film Festival FICCALI, Colombia
Scanorama, Lithuania
Council of Europe – Ukrainian Film Days, France
Tromso IFF, Norway
Bridges/ Bozar, Belgium
Piccolo Grande Cinema Festival, Italy


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