Oliver Stone speaks out!
American screenwriter, director, producer and three-times Oscar winner, Oliver Stone, is attending the 48th International Film Festival, (June 28 - July 6) as a prized invitee.
On the festival's concluding day, he will receive its Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. During the course of the festival, the famed director also presented two episodes from his 10-part documentary series, The Untold History of the United States, that depicts the country from World War II through the War on Terror. The episodes screened were "Scarface," which Stone wrote, and the "ultimate" cut of the director's 2004 epic “Alexander”.
At his press conference held on July 4 (America’s Independence Day), Oliver Stone elaborated on these two films. Talking about Alexander: The Ultimate Cut he said “this is a new version made ten years later. The best version. I finally got to tell that complicated story about a son, mother and father, the man that carries the burden of a civil war on his chest. The first was too chronological and the influence of Alexander’s parents disappeared too soon.”
Talking of the series at the time it was made, he said “I did not make it because I’m an ideologist, but because I’m a storyteller. It´s a story of a country that lost all its innocence after WWII and became obsessed by national security. It’s the story of a great country that loses its way when it becomes obsessed with national security," he said.
He strongly admonished Obama's 'Bush-Style eaves-dropping techniques and declared Edward Snowden a hero. He urged the world to oppose the United States and offer asylum to the NSA whistleblower. "To me, Snowden is a hero, because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment." Stone said. "He should be welcomed, and offered asylum, but he has no place to hide because every country is intimidated by the United States." He added, "This should not be. This is what's wrong with the world today, and it's very important that the world recognizes and gives asylum to Snowden. Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States' Big Brother attitude toward the world." He also told the media present - mostly European journalists -that their countries should resist US pressure. "We need countries to say no to the United States," he said.
The Press Conference was held at Karlovy Vary’s Thermal Hotel.