Our review of the film Leto, or emancipation through rock on Arte

CRITICISM – The Russian filmmaker, now in exile in Berlin, Kirill Serebrennikov, signed in 2018 this very beautiful film set in the Soviet era. To see or see again this Monday, May 30 on Arte at 10:20 p.m.

Leningrad, 1980. In the most artistic city of the former Soviet Union, a velvet revolution is taking place. It is the fact of some admirers of Lou Reed, like Mike Naoumenko, who enjoys translating the texts of the rocker. In Letothe role of Mike, at the forefront of the Soviet rock scene, is held by Roma Zver, a popular rocker from present-day Russia.

Also in charge of the film’s excellent soundtrack (available from Milan Music), the young forty-something has adapted the songs of his eldest son to our modern ears. Rich idea. In one of the film’s key scenes, the gang discovers a recording of the Velvet Underground’s debut album, the sputtering, muffled sound of which reminds them of their own limitations. It is in this type of postulate that lies the genius of Letoan initiatory, poetic and vibrant film, which never has the heaviness of political denunciation.

Oppressive climate

The oppressive climate of these years of lead is evoked by the concerts, which take place in an environment…

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