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Pussy Riot Documentary Bought by HBO at Sundance

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Filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s feature-length documentary on the radical feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, “Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer,” had its premiere Friday at the Sundance Film Festival — an event that band member Yekaterina Samutsevich attended via live Skype chat — and already HBO has bought the rights to the film.

Pozdorovkin and Lerner said in a statement that they “are thrilled to be working with HBO on bringing this important story to the world,” according to NME. Though international distribution rights to the film are still up for grabs, the co-directors expect to have their film in British theaters this spring.

“The film features footage from their trial, so you see how Pussy Riot turn it into a sort of performance,” Pozdorovkin told NME. “The girls really flourish and take on this role that’s thrust on them. In the seventies, Russia didn’t have a punk movement, so Pussy Riot is like ‘God Save The Queen’ for them.”

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images.)

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  1. Why can’t I find footage of any of their performances on the internet in the U.S.A.??

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