Kino Lorber Acquires 'Putin's Kiss' Documentary

Martin Dalgaard for Monday Media

Directed by Lise Birk Pedersen, the film will be released theatrically after its North American premiere at Sundance.

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to documentary Putin's Kiss.

The acquisition was made at IDFA, where the Monday Production film had its world premiere in the IDFA feature documentary competition, and was negotiated by Kino Lorber vice president Elizabeth Sheldon and Helle Faber of Made in Copenhagen.

Putin's Kiss will be released theatrically after its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It will be broadcast in late 2012 on ITVS.

Directed by Lise Birk Pedersen, Putin's Kiss centers on middle-class, 19-year-old Russian girl Masha, who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. The ambitious Marsha ascends to the top of Nashi, becoming the protege of the Minister of Youth and is given an apartment while attending school at the Moscow State University. However, she begins to question her involvement with Nashi when she discovers that a radical group within the Nashi may be responsible for the attacks against critics of Putin. She meets journalist Oleg Khasin, becoming fast friends despite their opposing views.

"Her story and her moral dilemma illustrate the price of taking a political stand," says Sheldon, "We are proud to add this important film to the Kino Lorber library."

Faber added, "I'm very excited to have the opportunity to bring the film out to an American audience. Thanks to Kino Lorber, Putin's Kiss will now premiere in NY and other major cities in the U.S."

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