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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2018, Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia, 126 min.
With Teo Yoo, Roman Bilyk, Irina Starshenbaum

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 5th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 6th 7:30pm
  • Sun, Jul 7th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jul 8th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jul 9th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 10th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 11th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“Wistful and exhilarating…feels dangerous, like a sidelong glance that shoots daggers.”—Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine

“Lovely and wistful…a sweepingly immersive ode to Leningrad’s underground rock scene.”—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

LETO is a love triangle, a wackily nostalgic resistance saga, and a soulful lament for all that is out of reach for Leningrad’s young rockers circa 1980, dreaming under the influence of the Western sounds they adore, by David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground, and more. This rousingly danceable comedy/drama by banned director Serebrennikov (THE STUDENT) is loosely based on the friendship, professional rivalry, and intersecting lives of Viktor Tsoi (of band Kino) and Mike Naumenko (of band Zoopark), two iconic Russian rock stars who defined the underground era. Mike (Bilyk), headlining singer/songwriter at the party-controlled club, foresees his eclipse on the day that tousle-haired loner Viktor (Yoo) appears out of nowhere with his guitar and galvanizes the scene with a rock anthem. Mike’s smitten wife sees it, too. Filmed in rich black-and-white with interludes of irreverent animation. In Russian and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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