Movie Watch 2012: 'Hipsters'

By: Joe Thompson

Hipsters is a Russian film—originally entitled Stilyagi (Russian: Стиляги)— that's been featured on the festival circuit and getting rave reviews. We've edited the synopsis from IMDB and Wikipedia, but here's what we know:

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 music. Enter into this world straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels who is a member of Komsomol (the youth wing of Soviet Communist Party). He helps break up a stilyagi party; "stilyagi" is a Soviet youth subculture, which has been translated to mean "hipsters," or more literally "obsessed with fashion."

Mels finds these brazen hipsters shocking until he falls for 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. While his old friends shun him he remains refreshingly optimistic, but can this new love last in the Soviet-era? We'll have to see the movie to find out.

Hipsters has played at the Toronto International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and the Cleveland International Film Festival. It won the Audience Choice Award at the Anchorage International Film Festival in 2009 and several Golden Eagle Awards and prestigious Nika Awards, including Best Film in both.

It's been in Los Angeles and Seattle this year, but we have release info for 2012 below. You can also visit Leisure Time Features website and Hipsters on Facebook for more info.

January 13, 2012 Lumiere/San Francisco
January 13, 2012 Shattuck/Berkeley
February 24, 2012 Cinema Village, New York City
April 6, 2012 E Street/ Washington D.C.
April 13, 2012 Kendall Square/Boston