Kinostar has released its first trailer Putin, the first international production from Polish box office king Patryk Vega, now known as Besaleel. The film is designed as a political thriller and psychological portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin and, judging by the trailer, is unlikely to have many fans in Moscow.
Bezaleel, who says he conceived the project as an artistic protest against the “Russian dictator and the war in Ukraine,” depicts Putin alternately as a shivering old man shivering in dirty diapers, as a crime boss blackmailing his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, and so on a cold-hearted murderer who orders bombings and assassinations.
The director recreates several real-life events, including the 2002 Moscow Theater hostage crisis, in which Russian security forces pumped poisonous gas into the crowded Dubrovka Theater to save hostages from Chechen terrorists, resulting in the deaths of up to 130 hostages. Also highlighted is the carpet bombing of Chechnya under Putin’s leadership, a military move that many say foreshadowed Russia’s actions in the Ukraine war.
The president’s private life is also under scrutiny. In one scene, Putin humiliates his ex-wife Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya by flaunting his relationship with his much younger girlfriend Alina Kabaeva.
Kinostar takes over world sales for Putin at the American Film Market. The German group will also release the film in several European territories.
You can take a look at this Putin Trailer below.