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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Russian Film Series: Putin's Kiss

Sun, March 30, 2014 • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM • MEZ 2.118

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The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies is proud to announce the third screening in the Spring 2014 Russian Film Series!

This week's screening will feature Putin's Kiss (2012), in which 19-year old Masha is a spokesperson in the government-friendly and strongly nationalistic Russian youth organization, Nashi. The movement aims to protect Russia against its 'enemies'. Masha was seduced by the high energy of the movement by the age of 15 and has got a lot of benefits in return for her loyalty. Everything changes when Drokova becomes acquainted with a group of liberal journalists, including popular anti-Putin reporter Oleg Kashin. At first, she remains devoted to Nashi while pursuing tentative friendships with its left-wing critics — but when Kashin is brutally beaten by "unknown perpetrators," she has a genuine change of heart and decides to take a stand.

This film was nominated for the Golden Firebird Award - Documentary at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema - Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and won the Best Documentary award at the 2013 Bodil Awards and the Cinematography Award in World Cinema - Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Sponsored by: The Austin Russian Language Meetup Group


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