Oliver Stone Pops into PIFF

BUSAN, South Korea — In Oliver Stone’s world, there are culprits and there are villains pulling the strings somewhere or another. In the case of his latest movie, the remake of the film, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, the bad guys are the bankers.

These were words uttered by the Academy Award director during his press conference at the Grand Hotel in Haeundae Thursday afternoon.

Having just flown in this morning from Germany, Stone, dressed in a blue navy suit, was quite animated during the 45 minute question and answer period and as usual, was not sparse on his opinions.

When asked if his new film was “angry enough”, Stone responded, “I did not make a documentary. We made a drama. We know the culprits. I think they know who they are.”

Stone went on to explain about the four ‘bubbles’ he has experienced in his life: life after the Vietnam War, consumerism and greed during the Reagan era, the late 90s Internet bubble and the real estate collapse of 2008.

In reference to his film, he compared the central banks of the United States to his main character Gordon Gekko. When explaining the latest economic crash as opposed to others he said, “When it crashed in 2008, it took the whole world economy with it.”

Stone also was quite dire about the future of the economy.

“We live in an era of no blame, no fault. It’s inevitable there will be another bubble in this world of capital excess. The world economy is in a very precarious situation now.”

When talking about the banking system he added, ‘The system is good to make profits only for themselves. It’s been compromised greatly.”

He did however, praise the Korean banking system, and the work ethic of Koreans.

“It’s a great example of how to save money and work hard,” he said.

When he broached the topic of the Internet and the state of journalism, he also explained about the “tyranny of now,” in reference to today’s need for instant news.

“The Internet can be a weapon of mass destruction,” he said when referring to how rumors and lies can be spread rampantly.

As for Asian cinema, he has also been a lifelong fan, though he’s not sure it’s ‘world cinema’. He went on to praise Korean and Thai cinema, though referenced Winston Churchill when speaking about the need for English in major productions.

As a filmmaker today, Stone does not see himself “as a symbol.” Rather, he views filmmaking as a personal journey in his life that changes according to his age.

“I see a continuation in my inner-self,” he said.





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