From a series of 12 exclusive interviews with Vladimir Poutine, the famous director Oliver Stone and his producer Fernando Sulichin ( “South of the border”, “Savages”, “Snowden” ), offers a tv series of 4 hours on the Russian President.
During two years, Oliver Stone gained an unprecedented access to the professional and private world of Poutine.
Since he became president in 2000, Poutine never spoke so long and in a such detailed way to an occidental interlocutor. He never refused to talk about any topic.
Plied by Stone, Poutine broaches a lot of prominent topic, including his rise to Presidence of Russia, his relationship with power, his personnal relations with all the American presidents he has known, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump as well as his own predecessors Bors Eltsine and Mikhaïl Gorbatchev. He also talks about the Staline’s legacy, the Perestroika and Ronad Reagan, the State security and the political asylum granted to Edward Snowden. He also says what he makes of Donald Trump, of the accusations of a Russian interference in the American presidential election in2016, of NATO, war in Syria, Ukraine, etc…
Stone shot inside the Kremlin and the official résidence of Poutine in Sotchi, and outside Moscow. He captured the Russian leader in his intimacy and complexity.
Their dialogue is often incisive, always bringing up reflexion . There are quite amazing developments, for instance when Oliver Stone displays to Valdimir Poutine the Stanley Kubrick’s satirical movie against Cold War, “Doctor Strangelove”.
“Conversations with Mr. Poutine” reminds of “The Nixon interviews”, the interviews series between David Frost and Richard Nixon, broadcast at the spring of 1977, just 40 years ago.
Oliver Stone says: “If Vladimir Poutine is America’s greatest ennemy, we have at least to try to understand him”.