Leningrad, 1980s... Rock’n’roll and blues herald the approaching Perestroika—bootleg Lou Reed, Led Zeppelin, and David Bowie records are everywhere. When Mike and his wife Natasha meet the young musician Viktor, a love and music triangle is formed in a deeply hopeless era marked with suspicion. Premiering at Cannes, The Summer chronicles the birth of rock in the Soviet Union in the 1980s while telling a romance. Of the three heroes of the film, Mike Naumenko is known as one of the best lyricists of Russian rock world, while Viktor Tsoi, the later founder of the band Kino, is considered as the pioneer of Russian rock. The songs in the film are performed by the actors themselves. Kiril Serebrennikov’s Student was screened at Filmekimi last year.

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