Papa, sdokhni [Why Don’t You Just Die!] (2018)

Papa, sdokhni
Director: Kirill Sokolov
Writer: Kirill Sokolov
Cast: Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde, Michael Gor, Elena Shevchenko, Igor Grabuzov, Aleksandr Domogarov
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2019

Content Note: gore

Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) shows up at his girlfriend Olya’s (Evgeniya Kregzhde) parents’ place, hammer in hand, ready to kill her father Andrey (Vitaliy Khaev). Andrey is a dirty ex-cop who is far from easy to kill and doesn’t shy away from violence himself. The ensuing battle between the two gets interrupted by a few revelations that neither of them expected.

Why Don’t You Just Die! is a debut feature and all the more impressive for that. But mostly it’s a fun and extremely bloody romp that entertained me wonderfully.

The film poster showing Tasha (Elena Shevchenko), Andrey (Vitaliy Khaev), Olya (Evgeniya Kregzhde) and Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) posing as if for a family picture, only the men are covered in blood and Matvey is obviously hurt.
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Leto [Summer] (2018)

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Writer: Michael Idov, Lili Idova, Ivan Kapitonov, Kirill Serebrennikov
Based on: Natalya Naumenko’s memoir
Cast:Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk, Aleksandr Kuznetsov
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 30.10.2018

1980 in Russia. Despite severe censorship of music and concerts, Viktor Tsoy (Teo Yoo) dreams of becoming a rock star like Mike Naumenko (Roman Bilyk). When he gets to meet Mike and plays for him and his wife Natalya (Irina Starshenbaum), Mike sees his talent and decides to take him under his wing, soon giving him first successes. Viktor is very much taken with Mike, and soon with Natalya, too.

I don’t know much about Russian punk and of the bands who are portrayed in the film here, I only new Kino a little (Bezdelnik is a great song), but even so, I enjoyed Leto a lot – in fact, much more than I thought it would. It gives us a look at a relationship between two men that is allowed to be much more complex than the usual portrayal of them in film. But that is not all.

The film poster showing Mike Naumenko (Roman Bilyk), Natalya Naumenko (Irina Starshenbaum) and Viktor Tsoy (Teo Yoo) in black and white with yellow graphic elements.
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