Tolyatti, once the symbol of socialist pride, is today the Russian Detroit, a limbo city where there is no future for the youth.

It was known for its car industry, mainly for the legendary car called LADA. Currently it’s a deteriorated place, stuck in the moment and with the highest youth unemployment rates out of all the country. In this desolated context arises Boyevaya Klassika, a teenager’s movement based on the idea of rescuing the old cars from the local factory. They aren’t only able to give these icons a second chance but they also turn them into a distraction, rebelliousness and expression towards hope.

Tolyatti Adrift explores the conflicts and dreams of the youth in this city. We follow Slava, Misha & Lera in the year that they have to face for the first time, their adulthood in a place where the future seems to be a dystopia. Even though they have been thrown into a place where there seems to be no hope and they are surrounded by hard circumstances, the group is able to start a true movement of expression.



Tolyatti Adrift during Malaga Spanish Screenings

Variety, OCT 20, 2021, Emilio Mayorga

Variety – ‘Tolyatti Adrift’ Debuts Trailer (EXCLUSIVE), MARCH 2022, Ed Meza

“A fascinating portrait of a city in decline” – Back Seat Mafia, APRIL 2022, Rob Aldam

Laura Sistero, Spain, France, 70´
World except of Spain & France
Festivals & sales
TV3 Catalonia, France Télévisions - France 2, RTS Switzerland, Current Time TV; VOD: True Story, Da Films
World premiere - Festival de Malaga, International premiere - Visions du Reel, North American premiere - Hot Docs Toronto; Docs Valencia, Krakow Film Festival - International competition, Catalan premiere - Docs Barcelona, Giffoni FF, MAKEDOX, Docs MX, Big Sky IDFF, Sofia IFF, Zagreb DOX
Docs Valencia - Best National Documentary, Krakow FF - Silver Horn Award for the best film on social issues, Cine Espana Toulouse - Best Documentary, Special Mention - Global Docs Jury at Docs MX, Up & Coming Award - thishumanworld Vienna, Nomination: Goya Awards, Budapest IDFF - Top winner of "Be Happy" International Competition, Artistic Vision Award - Big Sky IDFF, Zagreb Dox - Special Mention at Tenn Dox, Award for the Best Score at Thin Line FF Texas

Laura Sistero was born in Barcelona in 1986. In 2008 she obtained a degree of Audiovisual Production at EMAV. In 2012 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in film at the ESCAC school in Barcelona, specializing in documentary direction. She currently combines her work as a photographer, advertising and television director, with more personal fiction and documentary film projects. “Tolyatti Adrift” is her first feature-length documentary.