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Leningrad. The early 80s. On the eve of the perestroika, albums of Lou Reed, Blondie and David Bowie are smuggled into the country, the bustling underground music scene is in full swing. Here the young musician Viktor meets charismatic singer Mike and his wife Natasha. While there exists a special triangular relationship between them, the driven musicians want to shake things up considerably with their performances to change rock ’n roll in the Soviet Union for good. With humor and guts, whether or not in their imagination, the bands tackle censorship,. Leto shows the early years of Russian rock legend Viktor Tsoï and his band Kino in lush black and white; a summer full of music, friendship and love in which rebellion is interspersed with surreal intermezzos and wildly scratched images.
Director Kirill Serebrennikov (The Student) was placed under house arrest at the end of the shooting due to allegations of money fraud. He could still finish the montage at home. In the absence of the director, Leto had its world premiere last year in the Cannes main competition.