The world premiere of a Ukrainian movie Vulkan (volcano, - ed.) directed by Roman Bondarchuk took place in Karlovy Vary at the 53rd International Film Festival. The movie participates in the competition program “From East to West”.
The film tells a story about OSCE translator Lucas. He is experiencing a midlife crisis. In the line of duty, he appears in the monitoring mission staff which heads to the border with Crimea. A set of weird coincidences leaves Lucas tete-a-tete with a mysterious and chaotic universe of the south steppe. In these weird places where people see happiness in simple things, where past, present and future mixed up, where each day might be the last, Lucas begins his life over again.
At the premiere, Roman Bondarchuk reminded the present about Oleg Sentsov, illegally detained Ukrainian movie director, who continues his hunger strike in a Russian jail.
Vulkan was shot in a co-production with Germany and Monaco. Earlier, Roman Bondarchuk made a series of documentaries. His Dixie Land won the national competition Odesa Film Festival last year. The movie Ukrainian Sheriffs was suggested for Oscar nomination. Vulkan is the first feature-length movie of the Ukrainian film director.
The Film Festival in Karlovy Vary is considered one of the most prestigious in Europe and belongs to A category.