Monday, August 15, 2005

Political Erotics and the Blacklisted Woman

"Political erotics are a new genre that I have discovered," he said. "The film is about politics. It makes a political statement, they don't just [have sex]."

So says Alexei Mitrofanov, deputy leader of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party and the director of the upcoming Yulia, a blue movie -- okay, porno -- that will include two actors making love in an attack helicopter high over the Caucases (eat your heart out, Sigmund Freud). One of the actors, Elena Berkova, will wear the trade-mark braids of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, photo above, while the other will bear a strong resemblance to Georgian Prime Minister Mikhail Saakashvili. Both are leaders of countries that have recently broken away from Russia and re-positioned their countries closer to the west.

Berkova came to fame in Russia as a participant on the reality show Дом-2, which is hosted by Russia's Paris Hilton, Ksenia Sobchak. In the show, the 20-year old Berkova identified herself as the director of a marriage agency. That proved false, but it does seem Berkova has one connection to a marriage agency: she's on a blacklist reserved for women who've scammed money from western men. (It's possible some other woman used her name, just like I might tell an Afghan pen-pal my name is Shaquille O'Neal, but all the same, it was enough for me to find the connection strong enough to make a post here.)

To read more about Mitrofanov's movie, go to the Globe and Mail.