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Oliver Stone in Quebec: “I’m not friends with Poutine”

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American director Oliver Stone says he is not close to Vladimir Putin and that the documentary he made on the Russian president in 2017 was not complacent.

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Asked about his ties to Putin and the controversies he aroused during his visit to Quebec, in the course of an interview granted to representatives of the Tree trunk and TVA Wednesday, Stone angrily defended his film Conversations with Putinbased on a 50-hour interview with the Russian president.

“It’s a very nice interview and you could learn things if you look at it instead of being an ignoramus who hates Russia,” he said, before saying he shouldn’t talk about it because he’s in the capital to promote his latest documentary. JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass.


However, the Quebec City Film Festival’s invitation to speak in public tonight at the Théâtre Le Diamant with former journalist Jean-François Lépine was specifically aimed at discussing his career.

“I repeat, he replied, that there is no point in discussing it without having seen the film. There are people who haven’t seen it and who say I’m friends with her. I’m not her friend. I’m not friends with her. I was the interviewer and I was neutral.

As for those disturbed by his presence in Quebec, “let them argue with me, let them come tonight.”


Oliver Stone interviews Russian President Vladimir Putin in June 2019.

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Oliver Stone interviews Russian President Vladimir Putin in June 2019.

In the publications published on Facebook since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the director of Platoon, born on July 4th And jfk specifically suggests that the Russian invasion is a response to the anti-Russian maneuvers of the US and Ukrainian governments.

FCVQ defends itself

Earlier today, the CEO defended FCVQ’s decision to invite the polarizing director to Quebec.

“The goal we have with this event is to launch our concept of great encounters with an international artist. When we go to play in these leagues, we can often face some controversies, but what is important to us is to welcome an artist who has a phenomenal career, “said Martin Genois.

Martin Genois assures that Mr. Lépine will be free to ask any questions to Oliver Stone. “He will ask for the right ones,” he assures.

“We are not in the glorification of someone, but in the exchange and the public will be able to ask their questions”, reiterates Martin Genois.

The FCVQ boss doesn’t believe the festival’s reputation will be tarnished by Oliver Stone’s visit.

“We trust people’s openness and intelligence. They will judge on the end result, which will be a great intelligent interview with non-complacent questions. I hope that’s what we remember. ”

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