Archive for the ‘Hype’ Category

B.East Team Launches Kievtonite.com

The team at B.East Magazine, while busy preparing the upcoming Meat issue, have just launched Kievtonite, a provocative nightlife engine for Kiev, one of Eastern Europe’s naughtiest cities. With its hyper Moscow vibes, sophisticated nightlife, glamorous women, and easygoing natives, the city has an irresistible pull. Kievtonite is a raffish take on the city’s phenomenal nightlife, bringing a nekkid perspective to a city that’s on the edges of the European hype cycle. Locals and visitors alike can also book tables at nightclubs through our site. And soon you’ll also be able to shoot AK-47s, launch grenades, and visit Chernobyl through the site. Sounds beasty? Check it out on Kievtonite

I Love Kiev Weekend

May 25, 2011
Text by Vijai

The crew at Kiev’s trendy Top 10 city magazine are doing a gobsmaking job at nudging Ukraine’s capital into embracing hipster culture. Having organised the Bread&Butter-like Kiev Fashion Days for the second year this spring, they are now behind the eclectic ‘I love Kiev’ festival that kicks off this weekend, May 27-28 during the city days. Inspired perhaps by a glamorous Bloc Party in New York City, or Moscow’s Afisha picnics closer home, the festival is a altculture vulture’s version of paradise. It features graffiti & fixed gear master classes, fashion shows by upcoming designers, a competition for ‘New Sound of Kiev’, afterparties at cool underground clubs, and live acts by hyped artists from Russia and abroad. Best of all, the festival will be held at the Lavra Gallery, which is in the same complex of the Kiev Lavras, which comprise some of the holiest churches in Orthodox Christianity. Hipster vs. monks. Rock, paper, candle. Perfect.
The opening party on Friday will be headlined by Moscow’s DJ/producer Mujuice, whose new album ‘Downshifting’ has received widespread praise. Artyem Troitsky, Russia’s version of BBC’s John Peel has said that by ‘combining two antagonistic elements – romantic-depressive Russian rock and impassive clubbing music’ he opens a new page in the history of Russian pop music. Some have even compared him to Victor Tsoi, the moody frontman of St. Petersburg’s influential Kino band from the early 90s. I hadn’t heard of him before, but having checked out his stuff on SoundCloud am impressed: It sounds like a remixed version of King Crimson tracks, with its own particular brand of Russian romanticism. French DJ collective Masomenos will spin at the event’s closing party Saturday, May 28th at Kiev’s smacky Xlib Club.
Meanwhile, check out Mujuice’s video here

Khodorkovsky Film Storms Berlinale

Berlin, Feb 24

It took a film about a jailed Russian dissident tycoon to shake up this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. In true B EAST style, the documentary Khodorkovsky provided a mix of criminal espionage, political intrigue and controversy.
Khodorkovsky is the story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian billionaire oil tycoon who found himself on the wrong side of the Kremlin.

A former communist party member, Khodorkovsky rose from lowly beginnings to become the owner of one of the privatized oil companies after the fall of the U.S.S.R. Once one of Russia’s richest men, he turned against Putin by funding opposition parties. Shortly after he was arrested on charges of fraud, and remains imprisoned in the justice system.
“There is no juridicial (sic) structure in Russia right now,” the film’s director Cyril Tuschi told a Berlinale press conference. “Every child who was in this court saw that the whole thing was a theatre.”
Tuschi – who looks a little like Quentin Tarantino with a Bolshevik beard – provided a bit of theatre himself when he announced that a burglary had taken place in his studio. On Feb 7, just days before the film was to premiere at Berlinale, Tuschi claimed that his office had been broken into, and a laptop containing the final edit of the film stolen.
Were Russian agents behind the break? Or was it a story concocted to generate publicity?
A police spokesman confirmed to B EAST that they had received a complaint about a burglary and are investigating, but could provide no details of the alleged break-in. Tuschi himself said that the burglary was good for the film’s promotion. The wheels of the German justice system turn slowly – though not as slow as in Russia – so it may take a few months to see what the police found, if anything.
Tuschi said there were many people who had a lot to lose from Khodorkovsky’s story being told.
“The rich people have fear that they lose their money, the power have fear that they lose the power,” he said.
The “money shot” of the film is the director’s short interview with Khodorkovsky himself, shot through the bars of a courtroom prison. Though it was the hardest piece of footage for the director to capture, it turns out to be the least illuminating part of the film. The preceding story of the Russian’s rise and fall, and the question of why he allowed himself to be arrested, are the driving elements of this impressive documentary.
The film proved so popular that extra screenings had to be organized. It will be released soon in cinemas and on DVD.