A series of odd coincidences has left Lukas, an interpreter for a military checkpoint inspection tour, stranded near a remote village in the south Ukrainian steppe. 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 an anarchist universe beyond his imagination, a world in which life seems utterly detached from any identifiable structure. Fascinated by his host and his host’s daughter Marushka, Lukas’s contempt for provincial life slowly melts away and sets him on a quest for a happiness he never knew could exist.
Volcano is the feature debut of acclaimed director Roman Bondarchuk, known for his documentaries Euromaidan. Rough Cut (2014), Ukrainian Sheriffs (2015) and Dixie Land (2016).
Roman Bondarchuk is a graduate of the Karpenko-Kary Theater, Film and Television University (Yuriy Illienko’s workshop). 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, as well as the prize for ‘Boldness and Poetics’ at the 4th KINOTEATR.DOC festival. Bondarchuk is the art director of Docudays UA – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Kyiv. Bondarchuk co-directed Euromaidan. Rough Cut, a film about the events on Maidan Square, which screened at IDFA, amongst others. He has made a number of shorts, documentaries and music videos that have received awards at Ukrainian and international festivals. Ukrainian Sheriffs (2015) was his first feature-length documentary which won a Special Jury Award at IDFA 2015 and was selected as the Ukrainian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.