Putin’s Kiss is a rare insight into the core of Russian democracy “Putin-style”. We meet Masha, 19, who has become a spokesperson for Nashi, a political youth organisation working to support the current political system. Their agenda, however, is also to keep the political opposition from spreading their views among the Russians. When Masha is up for election, she starts questioning her role in the Nashi movement for the first time.
Lise Birk Pedersen
Danish director Lise Birk Pedersen became interested in documentary filmmaking when she traveled to China as a lone 16-year-old girl. Smelling change in the air and witnessing the "many great stories, contrasts and characters illustrating that" inspired her sketchbook drawings, but that didn't satisfy her enough. She debuted her first short, doc "Margarita," in 2003, and followed it up with several other shorts (including 2010 short "Nastya in Love") before tackling her first feature, "Putin's Kiss," which now hits Sundance.
"Putin’s Kiss is an informative and interesting expose on a movement that has many similarities to other fascist groups. "★★★★★
"Putin’s Kiss is more than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It’s a frightening look at Putin’s warped version of democracy"
Time Out New York
"Masha Drokova’s evolving moral dilemma is captured in (this) remarkable new documentary"