Volcano (15*) + ScreenTalk with director Roman Bondarchuk

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A man with a spoon on his head

A military interpreter becomes stranded in a small southern Ukrainian steppe town in Roman Bondarchuk’s brilliant, surreal black comedy.

Set in the astonishing borderlands of Southern Ukraine, this award-winning dark comedy stars Serhiy Stepansky as city boy Lukas, an interpreter from the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe). Having been abandoned by his co-workers, Lukas seeks shelter with Vova (Viktor Zhdanov), a colourful local. Lukas gradually sheds his preconceptions about rural life and finds a new, unexpected happiness in this wild corner of Ukraine.

From its stunning opening visual to its painterly images of the Ukrainian countryside, Volcano is a unique, Kafkaesque love letter to a region seldom explored in cinema. With hints of David Lynch’s surrealism and Emir Kusturica’s bawdiness, Roman Bondarchuck's fiction debut is nonetheless very much his own. 

We are delighted to host director Roman Bondarchuk for a ScreenTalk after the film. 

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Ukraine/Germany/Monaco 2018 Dir Roman Bondarchuk 104 min

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