Directed by Roman Bondarchuk
Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
106 Minutes
Ukraine, Germany
Ukrainian, English
Comedy, Drama
Not Rated
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A series of odd coincidences has left Lukas, an interpreter for an OSCE military checkpoint inspection tour, stranded near a small southern Ukrainian steppe town. 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 a universe beyond his imagination, one in which life seems utterly detached from any identifiable structure. Fascinated by his host and his host's daughter Marushka, with whom he is rapidly falling in love, Lukas’s contempt for provincial life slowly melts away and sets him on a quest for a happiness he had never known could exist.

  • Highest Rating
    "An impressively shot drama marbled with welcome notes of absurdist comedy and wry humor..."
    Alissa Simon, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "A mix of Kafka-esque road movie and contemporary western, rich in sumptuous visuals and lyrical strangeness."
    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "Forget the badlands of the Wild West and take a trip to their eastern equivalent in this striking feature directorial debut from Roman Bondarchuk...."
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
  • Highest Rating
    "[A]lternately comic, violent, romantic and surreal, with moments of beautiful artistry – an enticing package...."
    Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

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