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New York, NY - December 20, 2012 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the DVD release of Putin's Kiss, a documentary by Lise Birk Pedersen which Leslie Felperin in Variety called "a riveting story about contemporary Russia's dark side." Putin's Kiss was an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
The film, which Kino Lorber released theatrically earlier in 2012, comes to DVD on December 31st with a SRP of $29.95. Bonus material includes the theatrical trailer and stills gallery.
Putin's Kiss portrays contemporary life in Russia through the coming-of-age story of Masha, a middle-class Russian girl and a member of Nashi, a nominally "anti-fascist" movement whose members are expected to pledge their unswerving support to Vladimir Putin and all his policies.
Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi. She is rewarded for her loyalty with an apartment, a car and frequent television appearances as a Nashi spokesperson, all while attending Moscow State University. She begins to question her involvement with Nashi when she learns that a radical faction within the organization is supposedly responsible for attacks against political dissidents, and she finds herself faced with a very real dilemma when she befriends a group of journalists critical of Putin's government, one of whom is Oleg Kashin. When Oleg becomes the victim of a violent attack and barely makes it out of the hospital alive, Masha realizes that she must take a stand.
1.85:1, 16x9 * 85 minutes * Russian with English subtitles * not rated * Stereo * color
Director: Lise Birk Pedersen
Street date: December 31, 2012