Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Little Vera’ (1988) by Vasili Pichul

Famous for being the first Soviet film to show frontal nudity, Little Vera, played by Natalya Negoda, is a small-town girl trapped in the soul-deadening environment of a provincial port town. A chance meeting with handsome student Sergei makes her claim she is pregnant. He obligingly marries her and moves in with her dysfunctional family.…

Julia Secklehner | 27/06/2018
Viktor Tsoi

‘Youth on the March’ KinoKlassika Review: ‘Assa’ (Solovev, 1987) – ‘a fight to the death between young and old, corrupt and innocent’


Assa starts with a bang: a sequence of spellbinding opening credits in lurid pink playing over footage of two drummers, skinny youths in tatty clothes and dirty blond hair. It ends with a bang, too. Viktor Tsoi, legendary frontman of Russian rock band Kino, strides onto the screen to sing his famous anthem ‘Peremen!’ –…

Eva Rosenthal | 22/06/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘The Needle’ (1988) by Rashid Nugmanov

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes, part Pulp Fiction, part Betty Blue, Naugmanov’s film charts the attempt of enigmatic drifter, Moro, who returns to Almaty to get his ex-girlfriend off heroin. The couple escape to the Aral Sea but find that the sea has all but disappeared. When they return to the…

Julia Secklehner | 20/06/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Assa’ (1987) by Sergei Solovev

This cult crime film is widely seen as bringing Russian rock music from the underground into the mainstream. The main plot takes place in winter of 1980 and tells the story of a young nurse (Tatyana Drubich) who stays in Yalta with her patient and lover, Krymov, head of a criminal gang.  She meets Bananan,…

Julia Secklehner | 13/06/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Is It Easy to be Young’ (1987) by Juris Podnieks

This ground-breaking Latvian documentary by Juris Podnieks starts at a concert of the banned rock band, Perkons. When a train carriage is vandalised after the concert, Podnieks pulls together a patchwork of conversations with those caught up in its aftermath. Subjects include a teenager charged with hooliganism at the show trial, a young filmmaker, a…

Julia Secklehner | 06/06/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Courier’ (1986) by Karin Shakhnazarov

Special prize winner at the 15th Moscow Film Festival, Shakhnazarov’s witty comedy, a Russian equivalent of The Breakfast Club,  follows teenager Ivan Miroshnikov, who dealing with his parents’ divorce and failing to make it into university, get a job as a delivery boy. He is ironic, careless, provocative. He meets Adidas clad Katya, daughter of…

Julia Secklehner | 30/05/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Long Goodbye’ (1971) by Kira Muratova

This tender story of a mother overbearing love for her son and his attempts to escape her stifling embrace remains a little-known masterpiece by Ukrainian filmmaker Kira Muratova.  The inability of mother and son to communicate and the mother’s increasingly hysterical struggle for emotional dignity so outraged the censors on its release, that like many…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2018

‘Youth on the March!’ Kino Klassika REVIEW: ‘We’ll live ‘til Monday’ (Rostotsky, 1968)


In Stanislav Rostotsky’s 1968 film We’ll live ‘til Monday, screened last week at the Regent Street Cinema as part of Kino Klassika’s ‘Youth on the March!’ film season, three schoolteachers play out hopes and regrets in midst of an atmosphere of youthful rebellion. English teacher Natasha’s young and idealistic, and deeply in love with her…

Eva Rosenthal | 15/05/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘We’ll Live Til Monday’ (1968) by Stanislav Rostotsky

Filmed the same year as the Prague Spring, Stanislav Rostotsky’s bittersweet comedy is an elegant meditation on rebellion. High school history teacher Melnikov is torn between following the hide-bound rules of the school and his natural warmth of feeling towards his students and former pupil, young English teacher Natalya. When the students are asked to…

Julia Secklehner | 09/05/2018