Leto

  • 126'
  • Russia
  • 2018

Punky biopic about the underground music scene in Leningrad just before Perestroika, based on the early years of pop icon Viktor Tsoï and his legendary band Kino. In the early 1980s, he befriends the charismatic singer of the band Zoopark, who has managed to pick up rare records by Bowie, Blondie and T. Rex. They decide to shake things up with their own performances, but for now their young audience is allowed only to move their feet to the rhythm. With humour and guts, the band members tackle censorship, even if only in their imagination.

In lush black-and-white, Leto captures the energy of a long summer: making music together in cramped apartments and cautious rebellion, alternating with wildly scratched images and surrealistic interludes of train passengers singing along to Psycho Killer by Talking Heads. Due to absurd and perhaps politically charged allegations of fraud, acclaimed film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov (The Student) was placed under house arrest at the end of filming Leto. He was still able to finish the editing at home.

Director
Kirill Serebrennikov
Countries of production
Russia, France
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
126'
Medium
DCP
International title
Summer
Languages
Russian, English
Producers
Pavel Burya, Georgy Chumburidze, Mikhail Finogenov, Murad Osmann, Ilya Stewart, Charles-Evrard Tchekhoff
Production Companies
Hype Film, KinoVista
Sales
Charades
Screenplay
Mikhail Idov, Lily Idova, Kirill Serebrennikov
Cinematography
Vladislav Opelyants
Editor
Yuriy Karikh
Production Design
Andrey Ponkratov
Sound Design
Boris Voyt
Music
Roma Zver
Cast
Roma Zver, Irina Starshenbaum, Teo Yoo, Philipp Avdeev, Evgeniy Serzin, Aleksandr Gorchilin, Vasily Mikhailov
Local Distributor
Imagine Filmdistributie Nederland