Director: Lise Birk Pedersen, Lise Birk Pedersen
Screenwriters: Lise Birk Pedersen
Masha Drokova is a rising star in Russiaâ€™s popular nationalistic youth movement, Nashi. A smart, ambitious teenager whoâ€”literallyâ€”embraced Vladimir Putin and his promise of a greater Russia, her dedication as an organizer is rewarded with a university scholarship, an apartment, and a job as a spokesperson. But her bright political future falters when she befriends a group of liberal journalists who are critical of the government, including blogger Oleg Kashin, who calls Nashi a â€śgroup of hooligans,â€ť and sheâ€™s forced to confront the groupâ€™s dirtyâ€”even violentâ€”tactics.
In her first feature, Danish filmmaker Lise Birk Pedersen offers a chilling view of modern Russia, its fragileâ€”perhaps illusoryâ€”democracy, and Nashiâ€™s alarmingly fascist tendencies (mass rallies, book burnings, â€śpatriotic education,â€ť and vilification of opponents). But, distinguished by an artful, cinematic aesthetic and astonishing intimacy, the filmâ€™s emotional weight lies in the evolution of Mashaâ€™s political consciousness. Putin's Kiss reminds us that all politics are deeply personal.
World Cinema Documentary Cinematography Award
- International Documentary Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- Denmark, 82 min.
- World Cinema Cinematography Award Documentary