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Summer

Kirył Serebrennikow
Leto
Russia, France 2018 / 126’
Shoplifters The House That Jack Built

Love, friendship and music in the dying days of the Soviet Union, when rock albums-David Bowie, Blondie, Lou Reed, T. Rex and the Sex Pistols-smuggled into the country from the West could be heard playing in overcrowded communal apartments. With their guitars in hand, charismatic musicians who dreamed of being like their idols made their own little dents in the Iron Curtain. With the flavor of a guys' night out and bathed in nostalgia for an era that heralded the freedoms to come with Perestroika, Kirill Serebrennikov's musical focuses on the lives of the front men of two Leningrad-based bands: Mayk Naumenko (Zoopark) and Viktor Tsoi (Kino). Mike (played by musician Roma Zver) is an underground star in dark sunglasses and the king of a rock club where young people have to listen to concerts seated and in silence-they can only go wild behind the closed doors of their apartments during private performances known as kvartirniki. Viktor (Tsoi was half-Korean and is played by Korean actor Teo Yu) is just starting out; he has talent, eye-catching good looks and writes wonderful lyrics in which rebellion has a taste of melancholy. The two men share a love not only for music but also for Natasha (Irina Starshenbaum), Mayk's wife, as well as his intelligent and beautiful companion. Their fate is at the center of Summer: a black-and-white film (with sudden bursts of color) about love and artistic flourishing, a bittersweet story about freedom and its limits and also about the revolutions and their relationship to music: the desire for revolutions that can be awakened by rock and the flame that is extinguished when the music stops.

Małgorzata Sadowska

Kirył Serebrennikow

Born in 1969, Kirill Serebrennikov is a film, theater and television director, artistic director of Moscow's Gogol Center and the founder of the experimental theater Sedmaya Studio. His performances, two of which were staged at the prestigious theater festival in Avignon (DeadSouls, based the work of Gogol, and The Idiots, based on a film by Lars von Trier), have often caused controversy in Russia (because of their nudity, vulgarity or liberal message). In 2016, his film The Student was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, where it received the Francois Chalais Prize. In August 2017, Serebrennikov was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and placed under house arrest. In was under these circumstances that he finished his work on Summer.

Selected filmography

2004 Doktor Ragin / Ragin

2008 Dzień w Juriewie / Yurev den / Yuri's Day

2012 Zdrada / Izmena / Betrayal

2016 Uczeń /(M)uchenik / Student

2018 Lato / Leto / Summer

Cast & Crew

director Kirył Serebrennikow
screenplay Michaił Idow, Lily Idowa, Kirył Serebrennikow
cinematography Władysław Opelyants
editing Jurij Karik
music Roma Zwer, German Osipow
cast Teo Yoo, Irina Starszenbaum, Roman Bilyk
producer Ilja Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pawel Buria, Michaił Finogenow
production Hype Film, Kinovista
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language Russian
colouration colour & b&w