Russian President's private life in film
There's a new film coming out in Russia on DVD which looks at a fictional Russian President who is very similar to the current President, Vladimir Putin.
Not only does it look this fictional President, but it looks into his private life, his marriage, and his relationship with his children, and all while the real President is still in power.
However the film has actually been ready for some five years, but has been delayed until a few weeks until the President is due to leave office. The story from the BBC suggests that perhaps the film, called A Kiss - Off the Record, was delayed by the Kremlin for all this time.
They also say that the story of this man matches the real President's life. He's...
"...a German-speaking St Petersburg Russian with a secretive job who marries a stewardess, has two daughters and rises to the presidency."
The wife is even called Ludmila, the name of the Putin's wife.
"Very little is known of President Putin's private life. His wife Ludmila rarely appears in public, and there are very few pictures of his grown-up daughters Maria and Katerina.
"What is he like in life and in the family? What is in his soul? Will he have room left in his heart for love?" the film's publicity brochure says of the fictional character. "
Key scenes in the film even recreate some of those in the real President's life, such as his marriage, moving to Germany and working for the KGB. Is it too much of a coincidence to not be an unofficial biography?
There's also the question of why it took so many years for the film to just be released on DVD. Did they really get put on hold by the Kremlin?
It's a strange thing that in the West this kind of film would be let through without problem, and indeed there have been so many films made that do just this, but if it were a film about the political life then I wonder how different the two sides would be? Russia would most likely prefer a film that showed the political strength of their leader, and the West would rather it was about some private life scandal, after all that would help with publicity and popularity ratings!
Whatever the controversy about the film, which the Kremlin were never consulted about, Vladimir Putin is certainly a character who would be extremely interesting to see on film. However if I was to have my choice of Russian Presidents to see in revealed in film, I would have to pick Mikhail Gorbachev, and I certainly wouldn't be so interested in the family life of the man over his presidential decisions.