Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Cast: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roma Zver, Philipp Avdeev, Yevgeniy Serzin
Capturing audiences at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Summer tells the story of Russian Rock icon Viktor Tsoi in 1980s Leningrad. Moreover though, it presents a realistic insight into the history of the rock movement in Soviet-Russia. Tsoi’s meteoric rise to fame was a symbol of revolutionary change and hope in a country desperately longing for renewal and the end of communism. Tsoi’s personal life is shrouded in mystery, however the film endeavours to explore the honest first love of Tsoi in a coming-of-age story that also tells the story of the formation of the Leningrad Rock Club and the recording of Tsoi’s first album, 45. The film’s director, Kirill Serebrennikov, is part of Russia’s new generation of directors. This true visionary has become an important figure in European cinema and was widely lauded by critics for The Student (which was screened by the Festival in 2016 and at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival). Serebrennikov’s new film showcases the same promising ability to captivate audiences.