Oliver Stone’s latest film SNOWDEN, will have a gala premiere screening at the 2016 Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) on Saturday, September 24th.
Three-time Academy Award® winner Oliver Stone has become a familiar face at the Zurich Film Festival, now in its 12th edition. The presentation of SNOWDEN will mark the legendary director’s fourth appearance at the festival. Stone has been the recipient of the “A Tribute To…” award and screened several of his films, the last being SAVAGES, which was ZFF’s opening night film in 2012.
SNOWDEN stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (INCEPTION, LOOPER, DON JON, THE WALK) as Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) employee who blew the whistle on his country’s mass global surveillance programmes.
When Snowden leaked documents revealing a secret NSA global surveillance programme he opened the eyes of the world and closed the doors of his own future, giving up his career, his long-term girlfriend, and his country.
Starring alongside Gordon-Levitt in the film are Shailene Woodley (THE DESCENDANTS, DIVERGENT), and Oscar® winners Melissa Leo (THE FIGHTER, FROZEN RIVER) and Nicolas Cage (LEAVING LAS VEGAS, CON-AIR), among others.
Stone partnered with Kieran Fitzgerald to co-write the film’s screenplay, based on Luke Harding’s book “The Snowden Files” and Anatoly Kucherena’s “Time of the Octopus.”
“Welcoming Oliver Stone back to Zurich is always a great pleasure for us,” said ZFF Co-Directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri. “His films always dig into the zeitgeist of momentous events and individuals and SNOWDEN is the latest masterpiece that shows off Oliver’s brilliance as a filmmaker. The festival is excited and honored to be amongst the first to screen this highly anticipated film and to welcome not only Oliver to Zurich, but the remarkably gifted actors who deliver astounding performances – Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.”
With SNOWDEN Oliver Stone continues to explore controversial North American characters and events: Vietnam with PLATOON and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY; the assassination of John F. Kennedy with JFK; America’s presidencies with NIXON and W; WALL STREET; WORLD TRADE CENTER on 9/11; and his television series, THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.
Open Road will release SNOWDEN in the United States on September 16th.
In Switzerland the film will be distributed by Pathé Films and opens in the German speaking part on 6th October, and in the French speaking part on the 2nd November.