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Leto - English subtitled

A journey into the heart of the underground music scene in Leningrad just before Perestroika, based on the early years of the legendary band Kino. With humour and guts, the band members tackle censorship, even if only in their imagination.

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Leningrad, summer 1981. The underground rock scene is booming. Amongst the followers of Led Zeppelin and Bowie, young Viktor Tsoi is eager to make a name for himself. The encounter with his idol Mike, the charismatic singer of the band Zoopark, and his beautiful wife Natasha will change his life forever.
In lush black and white, the playful rock musical LETO depicts a love triangle developing in Leningrad’s underground rock scene. The film manoeuvres through jam sessions, obsessive talk about western musicians, performances at the state-sanctioned Leningrad Rock Club, and ecstatic musical interludes featuring performances of songs by Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. At its heart, this is a story of musicians and the creative means they use to resist the restrictions inflicted by the state. LETO should not be seen as an expression of nostalgia for the times before Perestroika, but as a response to the repression of creativity in today’s Russia. Director Kirill Serebrennikov is currently under house arrest by the Putin government and was not allowed to attend the world premiere of his film at the Festival de Cannes.

Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia, France, 2018, 126 min. Russian & English spoken, English subtitles. With Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk.
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