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    Putin: AI-Powered Film Sparks Global Interest in Russian Leader

    ‘Putin,’ a film by director Patryk Vega, which is a reinterpretation of the life of the Russian leader, has become a hot title for the German distributor and sales company Kinostar. Utilizing CGI technology and artificial intelligence, the movie portrays Vladimir Putin as a ruthless gangster and a frightened old man.

    The film is attracting significant attention from distributors on both sides of the Atlantic and in Asia. ‘Putin’ has been sold to TriCoast for the US and Canadian markets, where it is set to hit theaters on September 27th.

    Kinostar will release the film this autumn in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the UK, and Ireland. Take 1 has acquired distribution rights for Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, while 77 will distribute it in Poland, and Film UA in Ukraine.

    Continental Film has acquired ‘Putin’ for the Czech and Slovak markets, while Özen Film will release it in Turkey. In Asia, Noori Pictures has acquired the rights for the South Korean, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Filipino, Malaysian, Bruneian, Singaporean, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Burmese markets. A Really Happy Film will handle distribution in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

    With a budget of 14 million dollars, ‘Putin’ marks Patryk Vega’s first international production, making him one of the most well-known Polish directors.

    ‘Putin’ follows the leader’s life from childhood to his election as president of Russia, encompassing many significant events from his tenure, starting from the Chechen war and terrorist attacks in Russia in the early 2000s to the current conflict in Ukraine.

    “During filming, Putin’s international reach of influence undoubtedly became clear,” said Vega, who also goes by the pseudonym Besaleel. “Whether I’m talking to distributors in countries like India and Brazil, electrified by the prospect of creating a currency opposed to the dollar, or in South Korea, where the film is particularly poignant due to tensions with North Korea, the response is the same. Even in Africa, people deeply connect with the film in the face of concerns about hunger caused by grain embargoes.”

    Emphasizing that ‘Putin’s narrative is global,” Vega said, “‘Putin’ is not just a film—it’s a response to the global quest to understand the motives and actions of one of the most enigmatic figures in contemporary politics. Our goal with this production is to equip audiences with knowledge that will help reduce the pervasive fear and uncertainty that define our times.”

    Patryk Vega is currently in Cannes to promote the film along with the Kinostar team.

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