OBSKURA FILM EVENT: The Spirit of Viktor Tsoi

Legendary rock singer Viktor Tsoi was a Soviet musician, film actor, songwriter and leader of the 1980s rock band Kino. Despite his untimely death, his spirit lives on in his music which remains hugely popular.

1 April, 7.30 pm,

at Rich Mix (35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA),

FREE entrance

With Dash Arts we present Tsoi’s last film The Needle (Igla, 1988), and with a pre-film discussion featuring Professor of punk Ivan Gololobov and cultural historian Alexander Kan, we will explore Tsoi’s work and the influence his music still has. Original Kino vinyls will be played after the screening.

The Needle (dir. by Rashid Nugmanov) tells a fragmented and eclectic story of the hero nicknamed Moro (Viktor Tsoi), who comes to his hometown Almaty to collect an old debt, and finds out that his ex-girlfriend Dina (Maria Smirnova) is on drugs. The title and the synopsis of the film falsely suggest a drama about drug abuse, however, the film is more sophisticated. Instead it presents the viewer with an aesthetically stylized world, achieved through spectacular cinematography, mis-en-scène, and the last performance of Viktor Tsoi. The Needle is accompanied by Tsoi’s music which is so integral to the film’s narrative that it almost becomes a character on its own.

The entry is free, but please contact sophie@dasharts.org.uk for booking. Please note that this screening is proving very popular. To ensure you get a seat please arrive in good times.

See you there!

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