Leto

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Leto

Kirill Serebrennikov
RUS/F, 2018
Features, 126min, OmdU

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Leto

Kirill Serebrennikov
RUS/F, 2018
Features, 126min, OmdU

Cast: 
Teo Yo
Viktor Tsoy
Roman Bilyk
Mike Naumenko
Irina Starshenbaum
Natasha
Nikita Efremov
Bob
Screenplay: 
Mikhail Idov
Lili Idova
Ivan Kapitonov
Natalya Naumenko
Kirill Serebrennikov
Sound: 
Boris Voit
Camera: 
Vladislav Opelyants
Editor: 
Yuriy Karikh
Composer: 
Roman Bilyk
Decoration: 
Andrey Ponkratov
Costume: 
Tatyana Dolmatovskaya

Production: 
Hype Film
KinoVista
World Sales: 
Charades
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

Accused of misappropriation of public funds, Kirill Serebrennikov, an assiduous critic of Vladimir Putin’s regime, has been under house arrest since August 2010. Despite this physical and legal constraint, the Russian filmmaker and theater director managed to finish his latest film, LETO, a musical shot in black and white that tackles the convulsive new-wave scene of the 1980’s in Leningrad, and which explores an era of oppression in the former Soviet Union. The film revolves around local underground rockers Viktor Tsoy and Mike Naumenko just at the time in which they met, and a troublesome love triangle with Natasha, the wife of the latter, begins. Based on the memories of Natasha, Serebrennikov explores the Russian counterculture of the 1980’s with a true touch of naivety and nostalgic romanticism, tinted with the daily personal frustrations of his bohemian characters. This ordinary contrast with some narrative tangent, that in a music video format, reinterprets iconic pop-rock songs like Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” or Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger”, function as a westernized catharsis for these oppressed characters, individuals without the possibility of experimenting freedom except in the imaginary of artistic creation. (Pedro Segura Bernal)

Kirill Serebrennikow: RAZDETYYE (1998), ROSTOV-PAPA (2001, TV-SERIE), DNEVNIK UBIYTSY (2003, TV-SERIE), RAGIN (2004), BED STORIES (2005), PLAYING THE VICTIM (2005), YURI’S DAY (2008), CRUSH (2009), BETRAYAL (2012), THE STUDENT (2016)