Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2008
Country: RUSSIA
Language: Russian
Run Time: 125 minutes


A smash success in Russia and winner of top NIKA Awards including Best Film, Best Sound, Best Art Design, and Best Costume Design, HIPSTERS is a candy-colored musical set in the drab Soviet Union of the 1950s. More political than "Hairspray," and way cooler than "High School Musical," it inspired a wave of Hipster parties across Russia. The movie sets to music the story of a strait-laced young Communist party member named Mels. In the midst of a raid on a group of kids caught wearing American-style clothes and listening to jazz, he's smitten with an adorable Hipster named Polly, who sports bright red lipstick and a poodle skirt. Casting caution and his grey uniform to the wind, the newly christened "Mel" barters on the street for a saxophone and a snappy checkered suit with huge lapels, and soon he's cultivating an awe-inspiring pompadour. But as the Hipsters face growing up in Cold War society, they realize that life isn't always a song and dance. (In Russian with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Friday, March 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Cedar Lee Theatre 1

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Yuri Korotkov

Valery Todorovsky

Valery Todorovsky was born in Odessa, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. He studied screenwriting at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK).

"Mortuary Car" (1989), "Love" (1991), "The Land of the Deaf" (1997), "The Lover" (2002), "My Stepbrother Frankenstein" (2004) – 28th CIFF, "Vice" (2007), HIPSTERS (2008)

Leonid Lebedev, Leonid Yarmolnik, Vadim Goryainov, Valery Todorovsky

Roman Vasyanov

Alexey Bobrov

Principal Cast
Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Evgeniya Brik, Maxim Matveev, Sergey Garmash, Oleg Yankovsky

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