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Hipsters (Not Rated)

Russian with English subtitles

"While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels (Anton Shagin) finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly (Oksana Akinshina), and joins the new revolution. Soon he's a peacock, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone—all in an exuberant musical that delves into a chapter of Russian history little known to outsiders. The winner of four Nika Awards (Russia's Oscar) including Best Film, this vivid confection offers an irresistible blend of romance, comedy, drama, music, dance and politics in a story specific to the Soviet experience but universal in its celebration of self-expression and spirited opposition to mandated conformity." —Mill Valley Film Festival