As it opens in Russia today, a spokesman for the Kremlin has praised Oliver Stone’s new film “Snowden”.
Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti as saying that the film, which centers on NSA leaker Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is of top quality:
“[It has] a brilliant script, and, what is most important, it is nearly a documentary. This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn what actually happened. It’s a must-see.”
Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald penned the script based on Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena novel “Time of the Octopus” and British journalist Luke Harding’s nonfiction book “The Snowden Files”.
Snowden himself reportedly appears in the movie in a cameo, and the version of he film to be released in Russia is four minutes longer than that slated for release in the United States. What the four minutes cut from the U.S. version are isn’t yet known.