A series of odd coincidences has left Lukas, an interpreter for a military checkpoint inspection tour, stranded near a remote village in the south Ukrainian steppe. With nowhere to turn, this city boy finds shelter at the home of a colorful local named Vova. With Vova as his guide, Lukas is confronted by an anarchist universe beyond his imagination, a world in which life seems utterly detached from any identifiable structure. Fascinated by his host and his host's daughter Marushka, Lukas’s contempt for provincial life slowly melts away and sets him on a quest for a happiness he never knew could exist.
CAST & CREW
Alla Tyutyunnik, Roman Bondarchuk, Darya Averchenko
Director of Photography
Borys Peter, Mariia Nesterenko
Mykola Bazarkin, Heike Parplies
Serhiy Stepansky, Viktor Zhdanov, Khrystyna Deilyk.
Roman Bondarchuk is a graduate of the K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Film and Television University (Yuriy Illienko’s workshop). His graduation film Taxi Driver won the White Elephant Prize from the Russian Film Critics Guild and the Russian Producers’ Grand Prix at the Kinoshok Open FF, as well as the Prize for ‘Boldness and Poetics’ at the Kinoteatr.doc Festival. Bondachuk is an art director of Docudays UA – International Human Rights FF in Kyiv. Bondarchuk is a co-director of Euromaidan Rough Cut, a film about the events on Maidan Square, which was premiered at IDFA. He has made a number of shorts, documentaries and music videos that have received awards at Ukrainian and international festivals. Ukrainian Sheriffs was his first feature-length documentary, which won a Special Jury Award at IDFA 2015.
Commemoration Day (2007, short), Mms (2009, short), Euromaidan. Rough Cut (2014, doc.), Ukrainian Sheriffs (2015, doc.), Dixieland (2016, doc.), Volcano (2018).