Celebrating our 50th Anniversary this October 9-23, the Chicago International Film Festival is proud to partner with WTTW11 to present a different film each month from our exciting and diverse history. For the past five decades the Festival has introduced Chicago audiences to new directors, new voices and new visions from around the world. From award winners and audience favorites, to first films by acclaimed directors, this series showcases the outstanding programming that has defined the Festival since 1965.
Chicago International Film Festival 50th Anniversary presents:  

Dir. Valery Todorovsky, Russia, 2008

Thursday, August 8 at 10:00pm


Film synopsis:
Moscow, 1955. Soviet uniformity is the order of the day, and most of the city's younger generations are happy to fall in line with the country's imposed ideology. But in the swingin' secret juke joints along the city's "Broadway," the threads are splashy, the cleavage is out, the lips are glossed red, and the pompadours scrape the sky. Meet the hipsters. The hatred of all the grim-faced comrades in Russia isn't going to stop them from showing their true colors. Meanwhile, the straight-laced Mels has been blindly marching along with the young "squares," led by the militantly anti-hipster Katya. That is, until the night he meets Polly during a KGB-style bust-up at the Pompadour Club. A love story wrapped in a period piece wrapped in a musical, Hipsters is both infectiously fun and a fitting reminder that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Russian with English subtitles. 125 minutes.

Shown at the 44th Chicago International Film Festival in 2008, Hipsters won the Gold Plaque for Best Art Direction.

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