Magazine article Screen International

Oliver Stone Headed to Zurich Film Festival with 'Snowden'

Magazine article Screen International

Oliver Stone Headed to Zurich Film Festival with 'Snowden'

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Zurich Film Festival (Sept 22-Oct 2) has landed one of the first screenings of Oliver Stone's whistleblower drama Snowden and will host the film's director as well as stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.

The gala screening - the first to be announced for this year's festival - will take place on Sept 24, just weeks after its world premiere at Toronto (Snowden debuted to an invite-only screening at Comic-Con last week).

It marks the fourth visit to ZFF for Stone, who was previously the subject of a tribute strand and most recently screened his film Savages as the festival's opening night gala in 2012.

In Stone's latest film, Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) employee who blew the whistle on the US's mass global surveillance programmes. The cast also includes Woodley, Melissa Leo and Nicolas Cage.

Stone partnered with Kieran Fitzgerald to co-write the screenplay based on Luke Harding's book The Snowden Files and Anatoly Kucherena's Time of the Octopus.

The film - shot in Germany, the US, China and Russia - is a Sacha Inc. …

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