Volcano (2018) Roman Bondarchuk
Volcano (2018) Roman Bondarchuk
Volcano (2018) Roman Bondarchuk

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Roman Bondarchuk | Ukraine, Germany, Monaco | 2018 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 3 Aug 2022

Noted documentarian and multi-hyphenate Bondarchuk’s wryly hilarious fiction feature debut, originally conceived as a documentary, rapidly assumes Buñuelian fish-out-of-water dimensions as Lukas, an interpreter for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, finds himself marooned in the steppe in Ukraine’s south and subjected to a series of Kafkaesque challenges and frustrations. Serhiy Stepansky, a celebrated film sound artist whose credits include The Tribe and Atlantis, excels as the wide-eyed Lukas in his first acting role, while Vadym Ilkov’s striking cinematography lends proceedings an equal measure of naturalism and surrealism.

Format: DCP, Colour
Language: Ukrainian
Source: Pluto Film
Courtesy: Pluto Film
Runtime: 106 mins

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106 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Masterpieces of Ukrainian Cinema

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