March 11, 2010 - 17:30 - 19:00
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Event type: 
Film Screening
Event audience: 
Open to the Public
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)

Directed by Sergei Soloviev, 1990, 90 min.

(Russian with English subtitles)

When Soloviev’s groundbreaking film Assa came out in 1988, it immediately became a cult classic of the perestroika era, representing underground culture – and especially rock music – as a force for change in the final torpid years of the Soviet Union. For the first time the film was featuring on screen the legendary rock musician Viktor Tsoy and Sergei Bugayev, well-known avant-garde figures in underground circles. Many scores for the film were created by Boris Grebenshchikov.

This trendy and lively Soviet crime drama is set at a Black Sea resort Yalta in 1980 and centers upon a murderous con man who becomes involved with gangsters after he steals a rare violin. The crook's beautiful mistress accompanies him. Though she is in love with him, she befriends a charismatic punk rocker and finds herself attracted to him as well. The rocker falls for her and ends up finding himself drawn into her lover's world of crime. The gangster warns the punk to back off and leave his girlfriend alone, but the young rebel refuses to listen.

The following rock groups take part in the film: Kino, Akvarium, Bravo, and the Union of Composers.

The film screening is part of the "APPROACHES TO COUNTER-CULTURAL MOVEMENTS IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE" lecture series.