Join us for the Bay Area screening of Kirill Serebrennikov’s LETO, one of summer’s Top 5 “not to miss” foreign movies (SF Chronicle).
IN-PERSON GUESTS: LETO writers Mikhail Idov and Lili Idova will be in the house for a Q&A after the film.
+ LIVE MUSIC! Lark’s very own house band, and one of Bay Area’s favorite local band Lender will warm up the house before the screening, playing some original tracks and awesome covers from Bowie, Lou Reed, Talking Heads, and maybe the title track from the movie! Don’t miss!
Synopsis: Leningrad, on Summer in the early Eighties. The underground rock scene is boiling. Amongst the followers of Led Zeppelin and Bowie, young Viktor Tsoi is eager to make a name for himself. The encounter with his idol Mike and his beautiful wife Natasha will change his life forever. Together they will build Viktor’s legend and make him immortal.
Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov.
“a spirited requiem”
“its freewheeling spirit results in an ecstatic look back”
“messy, surreal and ultimately moving”
“the wildest and most bracing film to screen in the [Cannes] main competition so far this year”
” [a] jovial affair”
“the karaoke moments might be precisely the bits that go down best with domestic audiences, and even more so when it comes to the songs sung here by the young versions of Viktor Tsoi (Korean star Teo Yoo, best known for Kim Ki-Duk’s One on One and Benson Lee’s Seoul Searching) and Mike Naumenko (Zver, a contemporary pop star in his own right).”
“the film unfolds in luscious black and white”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“wild, whirling… moves freely”
“happily avoids the bland structural pitfalls of the musical biopic”
‘“LETO is most affecting, however, in its most stripped, simple interludes — chief among Viktor’s own poised but propulsive performances, delivered by Yoo with enough on-edge magnetism to give uninitiated viewers some sense of what he might have meant to his enduring, adoring cult.”
SF Bay Area natives whose original sound draws largely on classic rock and jam band influences combined with a wide range of modern and alternative inspirations. The result is a unique blend of styles ranging from heavy psychedelic walls of sound, to soft melodic grooves, to floor pounding funk. Along with a strong rhythm section and catchy guitar riffs, you can always expect interesting lyrics and carefully crafted vocal harmonies. They’ve been called a mixture of Beck, The Grateful Dead and Radiohead, among many other influences. However it is immediately apparent Lender has created a sound that is all their own.