Vulkan (The Volcano, - 112 International), the full-length movie by Ukrainian director Roman Bondarchuk brought him victory at the 15th Golden Apricot festival in Armenia. The movie won in the 'Live-Action Film' nomination.
The plot is based on the story of Lucas, the middle-aged man who works as the OSCE observing mission's interpreter in Ukraine. While on duty, he finds himself in the steppes of southern Ukraine. He finds the local way of life - and the local residents - quite unusual, but as the time flows, it's actually these people who help him regain the lost happiness.
Vulkan is Bondarchuk's first full-length movie; previously, the director worked on documentaries. His film Ukrainian sheriffs was among the candidates for Oscar from Ukraine in 2016.
Golden Apricot festival is held annually in Yerevan, Armenia, since 2004. It is considered one of the most popular and respected ones on the post-Soviet territories.
The world premiere of Vulkan took place in Karlovy Vary at the 53rd International Film Festival. Back then, Bondarchuk reminded the international society of Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. 'I want to turn attention to Oleg, my colleague, who has been starving in a Russian prison. We should remember him and another 60 political prisoners', he said.