From Kirill with love - Rock'n'roll rebellion in Soviet Russia
The movie is a portrait of Leningrad's underground music scene in the early 1980s - shot in moody monochrome, loosely based on Kino frontman Viktor Tsoi ( the Marc Bolan of Russia back in those days) with an interesting story of keeping the flame alive in the declining scene (who would not like to know what was being a rock star in the Soviet Union in the 80's ?)
It is beautifully shot and is a perfect ode to youth and rock in Soviet Russia, which also contains the immortal line: "This is Natasha, she really loves tomatoes". Kirill Serebrennikov has put his sweat, blood and tears and completed the project while he was under house arrest and it triggered backlash from the public when he was denied permission to attend the cremation of his mother by the court.
I would definitely say that I'm a big fan of Serebrennikov films and his vision for Leto so simple and poetic that you feel you're part of the era amidst the turmoil and what it really felt like listening to rock music in the 80s featuring music by T-Rex, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Bowie, Blondie & more.
There are filmmakers who have contributed to this genre, but Serebrennikov may be the only one to have succeeded in this initiative of linking music to political protest.
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