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Oliver Stone is planning to make a documentary about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Oscar-award winning director and political activist, told Russian media about his desire to make the film while he was in Moscow this week to finalize details for a new documentary on National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who last year was given a three-year residency permit in Russia. Snowden has said he fears that if he returns to America he may not leave alive.
Stone, who joined a Washington DC rally against government surveillance in October last year, met Putin briefly this week at a memorial event in Moscow for late Russian actor and director Vasily Schukshin, Russian media reported.
Stone discussed his plans for the documentary with Russian news agency RIA Novosti, according to the Moscow Times, saying that he “would love to do an interview with [Putin] because he represents a different point of view that Americans don’t hear.”
The news agency added that Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed that the Kremlin “was aware of Stone’s desire to make a film,” but didn’t comment further. It wasn’t immediately clear if Stone would go ahead with the film if Putin doesn’t participate.
Stone’s film about the NSA intelligence leaker, The Snowden Files, which is expected to begin shooting early next year, was picked up Thursday at AFM for international distribution by French company The Wild Bunch, with Open Road Films buying U.S. rights.
Stone previously made a documentary about his relationship with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and a film about late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
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