Previously at the ICA - Films

Putin's Kiss, Dir: Lise Birk Pedersen, 2011

Putin\'s Kiss + Q&A

25 Mar 2012

Meet Masha, a 19-year-old who grew up under Putin, on her journey through the Nashi youth movement - a coming-of-age tale that focuses on Masha's personal ethical struggle and paints a grim picture of the Russian political moral climate. Under Putin, the average Russian family enjoyed a life like they had never known before and many see him as the one to lead Russia back to being a global superpower. Masha grows up with this belief, wholeheartedly supporting Putin and seeking to rid Russia of its "enemies"- aka the opposition. But when Masha comes into direct contact with members of the opposition, in particular fellow journalists such as OIeg Kashin, she begins to question Nashi and its leaders. Soon Masha finds herself closer with her journalist friends than her Nashi comrades. Ultimately, she faces a choice between the two groups. A shocking event pushes Masha to take a decision in the end, highlighting the costs of her internal struggle as well as the ever-increasing political stakes in Russia today.

Director Q&A

The screening will be followed by a discussion with film director Lise Birk Pedersen and John Biaggi.

Dir: Lise Birk Pedersen, Denmark, 2011, Russian with English subtitles, 85mins, 15 cert

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