Putin’s Russia, and the Films “The Girl” and “Beyond the Hills”

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United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk to the G8 Summit dinner following their bilateral meeting in Ireland on 17 June 2013.

Russian journalist Masha Gessen traces the rise of Vladimir Putin from low-level KGB operative to president of Russia, and looks at how he’s been able to maintain his power. Director David Riker and Abbie Cornish, his star in the new film, “The Girl,” about a single mother who’s lost her child to social services and tries some desperate measures to straighten out her life. Christian Mungiu talks about his latest film, “Beyond the Hills,” which won Best Actress and Best Screenplay at Cannes last year.