Kremlin Praises Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' as "Brilliant" and "a Must-See"

Snowden Still 1 - Publicity - H 2016
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Snowden Still 1 - Publicity - H 2016

The movie is opening in Russia on Thursday with an edit that is four minutes longer than the U.S. version.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has praised Oliver Stone's Snowden, which is opening Thursday in Russia.

Peskov was quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti as saying that the movie, centering on NSA leaker Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), is "top quality."

"[It has] a brilliant script, and, what is most important, it is nearly a documentary," he said. "This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn what actually happened. It's a must-see."

Peskov added that he would recommend people in Europe and in the U.S. watch the movie.

Earlier this month, RIA Novosti reported that Snowden, who has lived in exile in Russia since the summer of 2013, appears in the movie in a cameo and that the version to be released in Russia is four minutes longer than that slated for release in the U.S.

However, it hasn't been revealed exactly what the four minutes cut from the U.S. version contain.

The script for Snowden, written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald, is loosely based on Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena's book Vremya spruta (Time of the Octopus) and British journalist Luke Harding's nonfiction book The Snowden Files.