Narrative Feature | 126 minutes

HIFF 2018

 World Cinema Narrative

Directed by
Kirill Serebrennikov

Produced by
Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pavel Buria, Mikhail Finogenov

Written by
Mikhail Idov, Lily Idova, Kirill Serebrennikov

Roma Zver, Irina Starshenbaum, Teo Yoo, Philipp Avdeev, Evgeniy Serzin, Aleksandr Gorchilin

2018 | Russian | Russia

As the political repression of the USSR enters its final decade, Mike Naumenko (Roman Bilyk), frontman of the early 1980s Leningrad band Zoopark, welcomes a new singer that will soon break out far past the reach of their comparatively underground rock scene. Looking back at the music landscape of his youth, director Kirill Serebrennikov has crafted a sprawling portrait of a vibrant scene alive with the riotous, uncontrollable energy of the era. Filled with an electrifying soundtrack, LETO provides a nostalgic, yet un-romanticized look at a period that seemed to exist almost entirely outside of both what had come before and was yet to come in its native country.