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.
- Grand Prix - Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF
- Ecumenical Jury Award Special Mention - Fribourg IFF
- Serhiy Stepansky
- Viktor Zhdanov
- Khrystyna Deilyk
- Alla Tyutyunnik
- Roman Bondarchuk
- Dar'ya Averchenko
- Vadim Ilkov
- Mykola Bazarkin
- Heike Parplies
- Anton Baibakov
- PLUTO FILM
- TATO FILM
Ukrainian documentarian Roman Bondarchuk tries his hand at fiction with a debut that intertwines fantasy and reality while showing us a different aspect of the undiscovered New East.
In conjunction with the serious approach to all of the events, a documentary feeling underpins the whole movie, even when the narration reaches the boundaries of pure fantasy.
Volcano manages to tread the narrow path where fantasy intersects with reality, and both coexist in harmony. By offering just a glimpse, Bondarchuk beckons the viewer into this parallel and enchanting universe of the undiscovered New East, which can still be enticing without being scary.
A significant step in a promising career, comic, violent, romantic and surreal, with moments of beautiful artistry.
It is impossible to perceive the post-Soviet space portrayed by Western film directors. This type of cinema considers the superficial material reality, and it often looks hopeless. I mean to say that their position is that if, economically, everything is bad, then it is bad in all other respects. Here everything is the opposite, and at the same time people are ready to defend this land if necessary. And here is the question: what holds them there, and why?
Roman Bondarchuk graduated from the Kyiv State Institute of Theater and Cinema. His graduation film TAXI DRIVER won the White Elephant prize from the Russian Film Critic Guild and the Russian Producers’ Grand Prix at the Kinoshok Open film festival. UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS (2015) was his first feature-length documentary which won a Special Jury Award at IDFA 2015, Grand Prix of Docs Against Gravity, was screened at numerous international film festivals including Toronto Hot Doc and became the Ukrainian Entry for the Oscar in 2017. Bondachuk is an artdirector of Docudays.UA IFF in Kyiv. VOLCANO (2018) is his first full length feature film.