With VOLCANO, Roman Bondarchuk has created a seemingly surreal world that oscillates between real madness and a fantastic dream, capturing the main character in a mixture of fascination and fear. In wonderful scenes and not without humour, cruel reality and human survival strategies are interwoven.
Lukas is stranded in the south of Ukraine as part of an OSCE mission. Anarchy and the law of the fittest rule here – no trace of state order. Lukas finds shelter with Vova and his family. Vova, once head of a fish farm, wants to earn money with Wehrmacht scrap and the mortal remains of German soldiers. Luke helps him with this, he falls in love with his daughter Marushka and seems to settle in this inhospitable world. The Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Roman Bondarchuk initially thought of this material as a documentary. The figure of the Vova goes back to a friend from his home region around the city of Kherson on the Dnieper, not far from the Crimea. When Bondarchuk researched for the film, the revolution came in 2014 and, as a result, the annexation of the Crimea and the war in the Donbass, the eastern part of the country. Together with the screenwriters, Bondarchuk condensed these events and local conditions into his first feature film. NaF
DCP | Farbe / Colour
Alla Tyutyunnik, Roman Bondarchuk, Dar'ya Averchenko
Mykola Bazarkin, Heike Parplies
Viktor Zhdanov, Serhiy Stepansky, Khrystyna Deilyk
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Roman Bondarchuk - born in 1982 in Cherson, USSR (today Ukraine). He graduated from the Kiev National Theatre, Cinema and Television University and is best known for his documentary films. VOLCANO is his feature film debut, which premiered at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He is artistic director of the documentary film festival "Docudays UA".
COMMEMORATION DAY (2007, short)
MMS (2009, short)
EUROMAIDAN. ROUGH CUT (2014, doc)
DIXIE LAND (2015, doc)
UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS (2015, doc)