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Iconic Russian rock star VIKTOR TSOI has his life celebrated in a new movie Leto. And we’re premiering the trailer exclusively at Vive Le Rock!

Sometimes remembered as the Russian Kurt Cobain, Tsoi fronted the rock band KINO, who came together in Leningrad in 1982 and went on to become the biggest and most influential band of the Soviet era, filling stadiums while Tsoi held down his dayjob working in the boiler-room of a Leningrad apartment block.

Tsoi appeared in several movies, starring in the leading role in drug thriller The Needle in 1988, before tragically dying in a car crash in 1990 aged just 28. His funeral was attended by thousands.

Described as a Soviet version of 24 Hour Party People, the biopic Leto by director Kirill Serebrennikov and starring Teo Yoo, charts Tsoi’s life and career in evocative cold-war black-and-white, a freewheeling snapshot of youthful rebellion in the underground scene of 1980s Leningrad.

Leto launches on movie streaming site MUBI on 16 August as well as screening at various cinemas around the UK including the ICA, London; Watershed, Bristol; GFT, Glasgow; HOME, Manchester, and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.

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