The Needle

Youth on the March


Part Pulp Fiction, part Betty Blue, Nougmanov’s The Needle charts the attempt of enigmatic drifter, Moro, who returns to Almaty to get his ex girlfriend off heroine. The couple escape to the Aral sea but find that the sea has all but disappeared. When they return to the city, the mafia are waiting for them.

Boasting brilliant and dangerous performances from Soviet rock stars, Viktor Tsoi as Moro and Peter Mamonov of Zvuki Mu as his drug-dealing enemy, this film was the first to break the Soviet taboo of depicting drug addiction. It is widely seen as the film that created the Kazakh New Wave.  

Support Kino Klassika by joining us for a pre-screening drinks reception with the film’s director, Rachid Nougmanov from 6.30pm. Ticket price includes a glass of red or white wine. This reception is hosted with the collaboration of Pushkin House and the British-Kazakh Society

Youth on the March is a season presented by Kino Klassika

BBFC rating
Running time
88 mins
Other features
Rachid Nougmanov
Viktor Tsoi, Pyotr Mamonov, Aleksandr Bashirov

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