CANNES, France—Filmmaker Oliver Stone showed up at Cannes Lions to play his well-practiced, man-disaffected-with-everything routine, to accuse the corporate-owned media of complicity with first world governments, to blast tech giants like Google and Facebook—but mostly to promote his new movie based on the misadventures of whistleblower Edward Snowden.
In a talk with The Guardian's arts and culture editor Caspar Llewellyn Smith, in which he quoted everybody from Kennedy to Kissinger, Stone, director of films like Wall Street, Platoon and the forthcoming Snowden, characterized the present as "this bizarre time when this [dissenting] opinion is not allowed."
The director railed against what he called "the surveillance state," which he accused the presumptive presidential candidates of both major parties, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, of supporting. The topic "was not even mentioned in the debates, both candidates are for it—and want more of it, it seems. Nor have they discussed climate control, for the Earth's fate, nor the wars and the U.S.'s involvement in them, nor the buildup of our military," Stone said.
He continued, "You can't argue against security because they control the media and they say, 'This will happen.'"
When asked to comment on the run of Trump in particular, Stone said, "Who knows what he means? But that's not the point. Both candidates represent the system and there's no alternative of voices in the American scene. There's this form of sanitized politics, and we don't talk about that."
While an admitted Facebook user (he also copped to being a print fan, saying, "I love reading newspapers—I'm still on the newspaper"), Stone readily piled on the tech giants, smacking Facebook, Google and Microsoft for "collaborating" with the government in the Snowden case.
"It's a form of fascism—the sovereignty of the state versus the sovereignty of the individual," he said. "It's the reverse of the way this country was founded."