Hipsters (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Hipsters (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 1,685 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Musical | Romance
  • Release Date: October 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: Russia:130 min (Director's Cut) | 115 min (theatrical version)
  • Filming Location: Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Valeriy Todorovskiy
  • Stars: Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina and Evgeniya Khirivskaya
  • Original Music By: Konstantin Meladze   
  • Soundtrack: Emu ne nuzhna amerikanskaya zhena
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital EX
  • Plot Keyword: 1950s | Youth | Conformity | Dance | Virgin

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Yuriy Korotkov  writer
  • Valeriy Todorovskiy  libretto

Known Trivia

  • Bob’s name (Boris Moiseevich) is a joking reference to Boris Moiseev whose image is rather comic for Russian public.
  • Ekaterina Vilkova auditioned for the role of Polza, but director/writer/producer Valeriy Todorovskiy told her, “You’re Betsie the doll.”
  • Anton Shagin had to take saxophone lessons to play Mels.
  • Igor Voynarovskiy had to put on 20 kilograms to play Bob.
  • All the actors sing and dance themselves in the film. According to Valeriy Todorovskiy, he deliberately cast actors who could sing and dance.
  • On 24 December 2008, one day before the official theatrical release, an exhibition called “Vremya stilyag” (“The Time of Hipsters”) opened in Moscow as part of the film’s promotion campaign. Admission was free. The exhibition was divided into two parts with a very large board made of iron. On the one side were ‘artifacts’ pertaining to the age of Soviet hipsters, such as anti-hipster articles and caricatures from the Soviet press, old TV set called KVN, rarity radio gramophones, a round advertising column etc. as well as costumes from the film, while the other side represented America of the early and mid-20th century, “the world of Soviet hipsters’ dreams”, featuring, for example, rare photos of Grace Kelly and Charlie Parker. There were over 150 exhibits in total, taken from private collections or provided by the Russian State Library. The exhibition lasted until mid-January 2009.

Plot: Young people struggle to do things their way in the 1950s. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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 finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly, 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.Written by Production  

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Produced By:

  • Vadim Goryainov known as producer
  • Maksim Koroptsov known as executive producer
  • Elena Kozhanova known as executive producer
  • Leonid Lebedev known as producer
  • Ilya Neretin known as executive producer
  • Ilya Neretin known as producer
  • Valeriy Todorovskiy known as producer
  • Leonid Yarmolnik known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Anton Shagin known as Mels
  • Oksana Akinshina known as Polza
  • Evgeniya Khirivskaya known as Katya (as Evgeniya Brik)
  • Maksim Matveev known as Fred
  • Igor Voynarovskiy known as Bob
  • Ekaterina Vilkova known as Betsi
  • Konstantin Balakirev known as Dryn
  • Aleksandr Stefantsov known as Nolik
  • Georgiy Sivokhin known as Kim
  • Olga Smirnova known as Sherri
  • Yanina Buiko known as Liza
  • Irina Rozanova known as Mat Polzy
  • Sergey Garmash known as Otets Melsa
  • Oleg Yankovskiy known as Otets Freda
  • Aleksey Gorbunov known as Labukh
  • Leonid Yarmolnik known as Otets Boba
  • Idris Azara known as V roli syna Polzy
  • Uarissa Choba known as V roli syna Polzy
  • Ulda Vera known as V roli syna Polzy
  • Zach Sullivan known as V roli Charli Parkera (as Zak Sallivan)
  • Lyudmila Solovyova known as Mat Freda
  • Denis Balandin known as Stilyaga
  • Elvira Voloshina known as Stilyaga
  • Karina Baybicheva known as Stilyaga
  • Anastasiya Galkina known as Stilyaga
  • Konstantin Avdeev known as Stilyaga
  • Maksim Peshkov known as Stilyaga
  • Sofiya Lebedeva known as Stilyaga
  • Viktor Strelchenko known as Stilyaga
  • Kirill Petrov known as Stilyaga
  • Aleksey Filimonov known as Stilyaga
  • Sergey Zhbankov known as Stilyaga
  • Olga Ivanova known as Stilyaga
  • Matvey Shkuratov known as Stilyaga
  • Aleksandr Girenok known as Stilyaga
  • Roman Andreykin known as Stilyaga
  • Vasiliy Musikhin known as Stilyaga
  • Ilya Barinov known as Stilyaga
  • Mikhail Kolegov known as Stilyaga
  • Aleksandr Isakov known as Stilyaga
  • Yuriy Chulkov known as Stilyaga
  • Aleksey Doroshev known as Stilyaga
  • Ilya Shaburov known as Stilyaga
  • Stanislav Shmelin known as Stilyaga
  • Anna Lunegova known as Stilyaga
  • Angelina Moskina known as Stilyaga
  • Natalya Kosareva known as Stilyaga
  • Ekaterina Milovanova known as Stilyaga
  • Evgeniya Ustinova known as Stilyaga
  • Olga Tsvetkova known as Stilyaga
  • Polina Pshindina known as Stilyaga
  • Olga Dukhovnaya known as Stilyaga
  • Nikolay Podoshva known as Stilyaga
  • Mariya Mina known as Stilyaga
  • Sergey Margay known as Stilyaga
  • Polina Syrkina known as Stilyaga
  • Olga Bochkareva known as Stilyaga
  • Elena Rutskaya known as Stilyaga
  • Irina Kudinovich known as Stilyaga
  • Yuliya Arkhipova known as Stilyaga
  • Aleksandra Velitskaya known as Stilyaga
  • Vladimir Ruga known as Komsomolets
  • Vladimir Gromovikov known as Komsomolets
  • Vera Korobeynikova known as Komsomolka
  • Alina Sultanova known as Komsomolka
  • Mariya Zharkova known as Komsomolka
  • Olga Efremova known as Komsomolka
  • Anastasiya Menyushina known as Komsomolka
  • Natalya Barilo known as Komsomolka (as Natalya Barillo)
  • Maryana Kirsanova known as Komsomolka
  • Anastasiya Lysenkova known as Komsomolka
  • Mariya Slastenkova known as Komsomolka
  • Stepan Balakshin known as Komsomolets
  • Evgeniy Korolev known as Komsomolets
  • Sergey Larin known as Komsomolets
  • Aleksey Klimov known as Komsomolets
  • Kirill Darin known as Komsomolets
  • Artur Ivanov known as Komsomolets
  • Evgeniya Vodzinskaya known as Komsomolka
  • Anton Shurtsov known as Komsomolets
  • Anatoliy Zavyalov known as Komsomolets
  • Aleksey Shipitsin known as Komsomolets
  • Vyacheslav Shakalido known as Kommunalka
  • Elena Shabad-Ozerova known as Kommunalka (as Elena Shabad)
  • Elena Kupreychik known as Kommunalka
  • Margarita Yakusheva known as Kommunalka
  • Galina Kukhalskaya known as Kommunalka
  • Anastasiya Piskunovich known as Kommunalka
  • Anastasiya Ageykina known as Kommunalka
  • Galina Ageykina known as Kommunalka
  • Katya Vezhnovets known as Kommunalka
  • Anzhela Ptashuk known as Kommunalka (as Lika Ptashuk)
  • Valeriy Agayan known as Kommunalka
  • Viktoriya Shestal known as Kommunalka
  • Svetlana Kuzmina known as Kommunalka
  • Alana Ayvari known as Kommunalka
  • Lyudmila Matskevich known as Kommunalka
  • Vladimir Titov known as Kommunalka
  • Tatyana Androsova known as Kommunalka
  • Sergey Pukita known as Kommunalka
  • Aleksandr Starchenko known as Kommunalka
  • Mikhail Gilevich known as Kommunalka
  • Alesya Pukhovaya known as Kommunalka (as Olesya Pukhovaya)
  • Viktoriya Strigankova known as Kommunalka
  • Olga Polityko known as Kommunalka
  • Kirill Novitskiy known as Kommunalka
  • Nina Sharetskaya known as Kommunalka
  • Anton Starovoytov known as Kommunalka
  • Nina Voronetskaya known as Kommunalka
  • Tamara Muzhenko known as Kommunalka
  • Darya Baranova known as Kommunalka
  • Galina Romanova known as Kommunalka
  • Nikita Agayan known as Kommunalka
  • Ilya Agayan known as Kommunalka
  • Polina Vlasova known as Kommunalka
  • Veronika Isaeva known as Kommunalka
  • Naum Shutin (as Naum Iosifovich Shutin)
  • Galina Chernobaeva
  • Aleksandr Virskiy
  • Konstantin Virskiy
  • Igor Kuznetsov
  • Sergey Kvashin
  • Dmitiry Kasperovich
  • Aleksandr Lisitskiy
  • Yuriy Antonenko
  • Roman Goroshchenya
  • Maksim Kashevich
  • Aleksandr Shundrik
  • Aleksandr Khomutov
  • Leonid Geronik
  • Vasiliy Radyuk
  • Aleksandr Buchinskiy
  • Aleksandr Kalinin
  • Igor Mikolutskiy
  • Igor Matokh
  • Oleg Khedchikov
  • Oleg Kasperovich
  • Vasiliy Podgolin
  • Vitaliy Leshchenko
  • Aleksandr Golub
  • Svetlana Akimova
  • Tatyana Maksyutova
  • Ekaterina Maksyutova
  • Irina Smirnova
  • Oleg Glushkov
  • Marina Kolesnikova
  • Evgeniy Makarov
  • Sergey Kabanov
  • Nikolay Latyshev
  • Tatyana Anikina
  • Valeriy Kukharenok
  • Aleksandra Streltsina
  • Vitaliy Zapekin
  • Denis Karlovich
  • Vladimir Arkhipov
  • Yuriy Kashpar
  • Anatoliy Smirnov
  • Valeriy Valgin
  • Oleg Shtepa
  • Andrey Sidko
  • Vitaliy Vankovich
  • Vyacheslav Mishakov
  • Nikolay Bykov
  • Vladimir Polishchuk
  • Aleksandr Evtukh
  • Andrey Kukharenko
  • Aleksandr Yatskevich
  • Mikhail Abramchik
  • Aleksandr Fokin
  • Aleksandr Mikhaylov
  • Ilya Pevzner
  • Viktor Chernyshevskiy (as V. Chernyshevskiy)
  • Vladimir Chernyshevskiy (as V. F. Chernyshevskiy)
  • Aleksandr Ivliev
  • Gennadiy Tumelevin
  • Valeriy Lobanov
  • Andrey Pashinin
  • Leonid Rafalson
  • Pavel Kovalkovskiy
  • Mikhail Khusainov
  • Boris Vasilev
  • Viktoriya Maslova
  • Mariya Galzedorskaya
  • Mikhail Tretyakov
  • Kirill Sukhomlinov
  • Darya Khramtsova
  • Natalya Gorbatenko
  • Vasiliy Nitsko
  • Vladimir Grudina (as Vlad Grudina)
  • Nikita Anikiy
  • Pavel Klyshevskiy
  • Andrey Zayats
  • Kirill Klishevich
  • Pavel Taraymovich
  • Oleg Pangsepp known as Komsomolets (uncredited)
  • Mikhail Sivorin known as Komsomolets (uncredited)
  • Evgeniya Suvorkina known as Komsomolka (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Krasnaya Strela

Other Companies:

  • Cinepost  sound re-recording

Distributors:

  • Central Partnership (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Leisure Time Features (2011) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • EuropaCorp. Distribution (2010) (France) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Gregory Chalenko known as digital compositor
  • Yury Corneo known as digital compositor
  • Nadejda Dolgova known as rotoscope artist
  • Sergey Muraviev known as visual effects supervisor
  • Dennis Sedov known as technical director
  • Dmitry Shekhavtsov known as visual effects artist
  • Dmitriy Tokoyakov known as digital compositor
  • Denis Volkov known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • USA November 2008 (American Film Market)
  • Russia 19 December 2008 (Moscow) (premiere)
  • Russia 20 December 2008 (limited)
  • Kazakhstan 25 December 2008
  • Russia 25 December 2008
  • Ukraine 25 December 2008
  • Czech Republic 4 July 2009 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
  • Canada 18 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Greece 26 September 2009 (Athens Film Festival)
  • USA 9 October 2009 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • USA 15 October 2009 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 27 October 2009 (Leids Film Festival)
  • Poland 6 November 2009 (Festiwal Filmów Rosyjskich Sputnik nad Polska)
  • Sweden 20 November 2009 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • France 6 December 2009 (Les Arcs International Film Festival)
  • USA January 2010 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
  • Hong Kong 1 April 2010 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • USA 25 April 2010 (RiverRun International Film Festival)
  • USA 5 June 2010 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Poland 2 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 30 September 2010 (Milwaukee Film Festival)
  • Sweden 25 August 2011 (TV premiere)
  • USA October 2011

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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