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He will understand who can. In Ottawa, a public official is invited to a party at the Russian embassy and everyone screams scandal. Meanwhile, in Quebec City, a film festival invites one of Vladimir Putin’s greatest apologists … and everyone thinks it’s awesome!

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The Quebec City Film Festival (FCVQ) rolled out the red carpet for director Oliver Stone, who was criticized for conducting a series of complacent interviews with Vladimir Poutine not long ago. The FCVQ is proud of this grand visit from Hollywood at a time when the Kremlin master is waging a bloody war in Ukraine.

Let’s put it this way: we have already seen better timing.

This Wednesday evening, the public is invited to hear the American director speak with former journalist Jean-François Lépine at Le Diamant, a “flagship event that will make the stars shine in the eyes of all the spectators of the National Capital”, he promises. the FCVQ. Admission price: $ 67 to $ 96.

I think it’s expensive to hear this notorious conspirator say that the Ukrainians wanted him, that NATO provoked Putin and that Russia had to defend itself.

It is expensive to hear Oliver Stone say that Vladimir Putin is a “rational, calm” man who has always acted “in the interest of the Russian people”, as the director repeated at the end of April in Barcelona.

If the audience is lucky, they will catch a glimpse of the famous director’s note, air of nothing, that an impressive number of Ukrainians fought for Hitler during the Second World War …

A tip for Quebec City viewers: as long as you pay that price to get pro-Kremlin propaganda to work, go straight to the four-hour show. Interviews with Putin made by Stone in 2017. It’s free, on YouTube.

On Monday, FCVQ Director Martin Genois presented the usual discussion to the Sun : work must be separated from man. “We invite the director. This is what interests us above all. We are a cinematic event. ”

Martin Genois, on the other hand, said exactly the opposite to Radio-Canada on April 20: «What interests us is to talk about cinema, but also about human beings. Beyond the film, we want to find out what animates it, what motivates it. ”

Should connect: Did we invite the director or the human?

The director made great films. No doubt. Platoon, Wall Street, Born on July 4th, The doors…

But Oliver Stone hasn’t made such films in centuries. He devoted himself to documentaries and specialized in admiring the portraits of autocrats of all kinds, including Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez.

One of his most recent contributions to film is a series of eight (!) Part interviews with Nursultan Nazarbayev, who boasts of having imposed an “enlightened dictatorship” for 29 long years on the people of Kazakhstan.

In 2016, Oliver Stone also collaborated Ukraine on fire, very popular propaganda film in Russia, according to which the CIA orchestrated the Ukrainian revolution of 2014 …

Knowing all this, how to believe the veracity of the “documentary” on the murder of John F. Kennedy that the 75-year-old director came to present in Quebec?

JFK Revisited – Through the looking glass reworks a worn plot. The film claims that, yes, yes, the Democratic president was assassinated by the CIA, backed by the US military-industrial complex. “Conspiracy theories are now conspiracy facts,” Stone cuts in the trailer.

It’s funny, I wouldn’t bet the shirt on it.

If millions of Americans are now convinced that the CIA has eliminated JFK, it is mainly because of a large disinformation operation carried out by the KGB, stresses historian Tim Weiner in the magazine. RollingStone.

But it is also, to a large extent, due to one of the worst revisionist films in the history of cinema: JFK … by Oliver Stone (1991).

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“I’m not to refuse to do interviews with people because they did X or Y”, defended Jean-François Lépine at the Sun. Oliver Stone, he added, is a “victim of the current woke up “.

Nobody asks Mr. Lépine to cancel his interview. But you have to tell it as it is: tonight he will have to face a personality who has made money by spreading unproven conspiracy theories and terribly toxic lies for decades.

A personality who does not hesitate to use all his influence to try to rehabilitate dictators, including Vladimir Putin. All this while Russian soldiers bomb cities and massacre civilians in Ukraine.

So yes, in context, this “peak event” might have something indecent about it.

And the current woke up it will have nothing to do with it.

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