American director Oliver Stone, who received the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo, yesterday presented his film about Russian President called “The Putin Interviews” to the audience of the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival at the Meeting Point.
Before the screening of Stone’s four hours long film, the director explained the audience what the story is about, for which he said that it was “the culmination of his strange life of the US filmmaker.” A triple Academy Awards winner came to Meeting Point after a walk through Sarajevo with his wife Sun-jung Jung.
“The film about the President of Russia is an invitation to peace, and it comes on screens in the middle of the second Cold War, in the circumstances in which the United States are slipping into a situation in which the reaction of Russia is more than possible. That is what many American neoconservatives and Democrats, supporters of Hillary Clinton, actually want” described Stone his work.
A large audience greeted Stone with the applause, after which followed the projection of the film “The Putin Interviews”.
Stone had the opportunity to do more than ten interviews with President Vladimir Putin during the last two years, and he had the possibility to ask questions of his own choice. This great four-part documentary gives an insight into the personal and professional life of President Putin, and it refers to his growing up in communism, his rise to power, the relationship with four presidents of the US, and his attitudes on current American-Russian relations.
The film is based on the most intimate interviews that Putin has ever given to an author from the West.
The Honorable Heart of Sarajevo awarded to Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone received the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award at the Open Air Cinema Metalac at the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival, for his remarkable contribution to the film industry.
Mirsad Purivatra, director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, presented him the award in front of more than 3,000 people. Before his arrival in the Open Air Cinema Metalac, Oliver Stone walked on a red carpet in front of the National Theater in Sarajevo where he was welcomed with a great applause.
He directed feature films, short films, documentaries, he was talking about controversial historical personalities and events, often in a controversial way, but he always remained true to himself. He is also well-known for defending his attitudes and films with all of his heart.
In more than four decades long career, Stone directed more than 20 films, and he is the most famous for his achievements of Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991) and Natural Born Killers (1994).
In his long and successful career, he earned three Oscars and he was nominated for it for up to 31 times, including eight acting nominations, six nominations for the best scenario and three for the director. He achieved almost everything during his career since 1971, and he became one the Hollywood legends thanks to his work and unique ideas.
Today, he is one of the most famous and most respected directors in the world. The Honorable Heart of Sarajevo is the 61st award that he received in his career.