Writers:Yuriy Korotkov, Valeriy Todorovskiy (libretto)
Stars:Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Evgeniya Khirivskaya
17 wins 6 nominations
It's not often that a film festival offers free swing-dance lessons and a performance by a jazz-swing orchestra to celebrate a screening, but then Russian director Valery Todorovsky's toe-tapping take on the jazz counterculture of the 1950s Soviet Union, "Hipsters," is quite unlike any other Russian film made recently.The first Russian musical produced since long before the fall of the Iron Curtain, "Hipsters" unspools in Toronto's Vanguard section alongside such films as British director Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" and Canadian helmer Reginald Harkema's tale of the trial of Charles Manson, "Leslie, My Name Is Evil."
Quite unlike many independent films currently coming out of Russia, in which bleak nihilism is the dominant theme, Todorovsky's beautifully choreographed and scored film has a joie de vivre that transcends cultural and national boundaries. ...