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A defiant pioneer of hard-edged Russian music, Viktor Tsoi embodied the rock culture of early ’80s Leningrad, and wrote impassioned anthems that helped fuel the USSR’s Perestroika transformation. The iconic singer-songwriter’s early journey from underground experimentation towards Soviet Union-wide stardom is recreated in Leto, a film that was described by Variety as “wild, whirling” and was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in 2018’s Cannes Film Festival. While the movie screams in support of free artistic expression, its accomplished director, Kirill Serebrennikov, who spent almost two years under house arrest in Russia, awaits judgment on dubious claims of corruption. Join us for this cinematic celebration of uninhibited creativity in the face of institutional oppression. Following the screening, there will be talkback with journalist and filmmaker Bilge Ebiri, and the scriptwriter for Leto, Michael Idov.
Supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts
Presented with the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) and the Museum of The Moving Image
This movie is presented in association with Human Rights Watch.
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