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Film 'reveals' Putin's love life
A Kiss - Off the Record film poster
The film aims to shed some light on President Putin's very private life
A new film purported to be based on President Vladimir Putin's normally very private life is soon to be released in Russia.

The film, called A Kiss - Off the Record, is due to come out on Valentine's Day, but only on DVD.

Its fictional hero is a German-speaking St Petersburg Russian with a secretive job who marries a stewardess, has two daughters and rises to the presidency.

This matches the president's life story although his name is not mentioned.

The film was completed five years ago, but there has been speculation that the Kremlin delayed its release until now, weeks before President Putin leaves office.

Private man

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?
Film publicity

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.

The Kremlin was not consulted about the film, which was shot from 2001 to 2003, Anatoly Voropayev, the film's producer and a former deputy regional governor, told journalists at a preview.

"We live and work under a certain first person so when we speak about politics we cannot just ignore that," he said.

But the film's real heroine is the stewardess, who also bears the name Ludmila, said the film's artistic director Oleg Fomin.

"It is a family love story above all, it is a story about a woman whose husband is very busy at work, a woman who wants a family and children and wants to see her beloved person close to her," he said.

Some of the film's key scenes appear to recreate Vladimir Putin's first meeting with Ludmila, their marriage in 1983 and their move to Dresden in Germany where he worked for the KGB, reports say.

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