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    Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov
    Russia/France | 126 minutes | World Cinema Now

Capturing the paranoia and parties that fueled the underground music scene behind the Iron Curtain of 1980s Leningrad, Leto is a kinetic punk rock ode to the early years of famed songwriter Viktor Tsoi and a love triangle that could usurp a musical revolution.


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film synopsis

A spirited black-and-white, biopic-turned-musical that bleeds punk rock fervor, Kirill Serebrennikov’s (The Student) Leto casts the spotlight on a ragtag group of rockers whose adoration for the likes of Lou Reed made them immediate enemies of the state in 1980s Leningrad. After crashing a beach party, outsider Viktor (Teo Yoo) reluctantly performs his rousing tunes for a disillusioned mop-top gang led by local rock star Mayk (Roma Zver). As the two songwriters grow close chain-smoking over banned records from Bowie, Mayk’s wife Natasha (Irina Starshenbaum) develops her own romantic interest in her husband’s new protégé. Instead of the threats of a culturally oppressive regime, it might be a love triangle that cuts the burgeoning rockers’ sets short in this Cannes competition selection. Featuring fantastical reimaginings of classics by the likes of Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, and even Viktor’s real-life band Kino, Leto is an exhilarating, nostalgic love letter to a bygone era when all that mattered was the music and those who made it.

film details

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Producers: Georgy Chumburidze, Mikhail Finogenov, Murad Osmann, Ilya Stewart
Screenwriter: Mikhail Idov, Lili Idova, Kirill Serebrennikov
Cinematographers: Vladislav Opelyants
Editor: Yuri Karikh
Music: Roman Bilyk
Cast: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk
Country: Russia/France
Language: in Russian with English subtitles
Year: 2018
Running Time: 126 minutes
Primary Company: Gunpowder & Sky

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