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"Tsoi": All about the film about the legend of Russian rock

“I personally knew Victor and his entourage... I have always admired his human qualities and his unconditional talent... And today, decades later, his music finds an ardent response among modern listeners... It seems to me that it is very important to release the film at the beginning of autumn, as a tribute to the memory of the great idol ... "

A film about Viktor Tsoi is being released

In September of this year, the film "Tsoi" is released. Filmed by the famous Russian director Alexei Uchitel, it tells about the death of the legend of Russian rock, as well as about the following days, when the coffin with the musician's body was delivered by bus from Latvia to Leningrad…. It is immediately worth noting that the picture is more mythological than biographical. Therefore, do not be surprised that some of the events in it are fictional.

Frame from the movie...
Frame from the film…

Story line

The biography of Viktor Tsoi himself formed the basis of the film in part. The action of the picture takes place on the Latvian highway. It is on it that the idol of millions dies: the "Moskvich" of a popular musician to this day crashes into an oncoming bus ... Tsoi dies on the spot.

The irony of the picture lies in the fact that the driver of that same ill-fated bus will have to deliver the body of the legend of Russian rock to Leningrad. Of course, none of those who, by the will of fate, had the fate to accompany the idol on his last journey, does not even suspect that the second participant in the fatal accident is on the bus ...

The loss of the cassette on which the last song of Viktor Tsoi was recorded adds an additional "heat of passions" ... As noted above, the film is not a biographical one. There is no actor playing Tsoi in it. The image of the musician was built from details: the characters' lines and dialogues, their emotional reactions.

“The plot of this film is designed in the style of a road movie. The main character here is the driver who took the life of the idol of millions... I didn't want to make a biopic! I wanted something mythological to be present in him ... I consider Viktor Tsoi a true phenomenon ... Even today, after so many years after his death, he remains at the peak of popularity ... This cannot but amaze!

The start of production was announced back in 2017! At that time, director Kirill Serebrennikov began filming the film "Summer". The picture told about the process of recording the debut album of the Kino group.

“Serebrennikov showed the beginning of Tsoi’s path ... And we are his tragic end,” commented Alexei.

Russian rock legend Viktor Tsoi...
Russian rock legend Viktor Tsoi...

As the final scene, footage from the concert of the Kino group was promised, which Alexey Uchitel personally shot more than 30 years ago!

“We specifically refused the actor who would play Tsoi. We bought the rights to perform eight songs of the Kino group, as well as to a video with the participation of Tsoi himself ... I believe that it will give the viewer a sense of the presence of an idol much more than just an actor ... ”the Teacher emphasized.

Interesting facts about the movie...

The original title of the film was "47" (a reference to the latest album "Kino").

The film was shot not only in Latvia and St. Petersburg, but also in the Kaliningrad and Pskov regions.

In general, the budget of the picture was 150 million dollars!

"Tsoi": A film about the legend of Russian rock...
"Tsoi": A film about the legend of Russian rock...

The release date (September 3) was chosen for a reason:

“I personally knew Victor and his entourage… I have always admired his human qualities and his unconditional talent… And today, decades later, his music finds an ardent response among modern listeners… It seems to me that it is very important to release the film in early autumn, as a tribute to the memory of the great idol…” commented Alexey Uchitel.

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