Magazine article Screen International

NYFF Lands Edward Snowden Doc

Magazine article Screen International

NYFF Lands Edward Snowden Doc

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In an unprecedented addition to the programme, a special presentation of Laura Poitras' hitherto top secret Citizenfour has been slotted into the New York Film Festival and will screen on October 10.

The film will open theatrically on October 24 through RADiUS and is presented in association with Participant Media and HBO Documentary Films.

Citizenfour is described as a docu-thriller that resulted from a series of interviews conducted in Hong Kong by Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald with Snowden, the former NSA contractor whose leaks shed light on covert surveillance operations by US intelligence agencies.

The title derives from the name Snowden used to identify himself in a series of encrypted e-mails sent to Poitras in 2013, who at the time was working on a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11.

The film marks the finals in Poitras' 9/11 trilogy after My Country, My Country and The Oath. …

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