“Pussy Riot: Punk Prayer,” honored at Sundance, and coming soon to HBO

Still from "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," 2012

Still from “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” 2012

Over the last year, the whole world seemed to be following the Pussy Riot case. From Madonna to Angela Merkel, the group found some pretty outspoken advocates.

Now, with legal outs exhausted and two members in labor camps (one of whom is in and out of solitary confinement, after harassment from other prisoners), attention seems to have waned into waiting. The new documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, may be just the ticket to get the girls back into the headlines.

Directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the documentary just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was commended with the “World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit.” (Maybe going out on a limb, but we’d wager that this is the first nominee for this special category.)

According to Rolling Stone, Katya Samutsevich even Skyped into the question and answer segment for the documentary. Samutsevich, if you recall, was the member who escaped the harsh 2 year labor camp sentence by arguing that she never was able to commit the actions of which she was accused. When asked about this during the conference, Katya swears, “there are no hard feelings.” She also implied that the girls would pick right back up with their performance work, once the other members had served their time. (Read the full account here.)

Now the web is bristling with the news that HBO has purchased the rights to the film in the states. Before we get funny ideas about mixing Pussy Riot with True Blood, we should remember that this isn’t HBO’s first foray into films about and by artists. Afterall, the channel also bought the rights to Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre‘s Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.

For more details on the documentary and its performance at Sundance, check out Marlow Stern’s piece for The Daily Beast.

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One Response to “Pussy Riot: Punk Prayer,” honored at Sundance, and coming soon to HBO

  1. Pingback: Black is the New Orange: Post-Prison Pussy Riot | Baibakov Art Projects

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