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Russian Documentary 'Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer' is Sold at Sundance

on January 21, 2013
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pussy_riot.jpgHBO Films has acquired Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner's documentary Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah for an unspecified amount. The film tracks the trial of the all-girl band who caused global headlines this summer when two members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were put on trial for shooting an anti-church music video inside of a Russian Orthodox cathedral and subsequently convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison. While Russian leader Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying the band, "got what it deserved," critics who attended the documentary's first screening this weekend at the film festival have deemed the film surprisingly fair-minded, with Screendaily's Anthony Kaufman writing, "Ironically, Pussy Riot's main target, President Putin, doesn't really come across as the bad guy." International distribution rights for Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer are still for sale.

 

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