JFK controversial new documentary by Oliver Stone screened at Cannes


This project, currently boycotted by broadcasters, is part of the sequel to the film JFK, released in 1991, which deals with conspiracy theories surrounding the death of the US president.

Little gem of the seventh art or stone in the shoe for Cannes? During the show Directors on directors, from the magazine Variety , Oliver Stone announced to Spike Lee – who chairs the Cannes film festival this summer – to release a documentary, baptized JFK: Destiny Betrayed, dedicated to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the preview of which will be shown at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. This project follows on from the film JFK, released in 1991, which deals with conspiracy theories surrounding the death of the US president.

This first feature film had sparked controversy in the United States, even before its release, and Oliver Stone had been accused of conspiracy. The director, although he himself claimed to mix fiction and reality, postulated that the late head of state had been the victim of a military-industrial plot, while he was preparing to put an end to the American engagement in Vietnam. The theory is strange, since in the 1961 presidential election there were no more than 700 American advisers in Saigon, compared to nearly 20,000 on the day of the assassination in Dallas. Nevertheless, the film, worn by Kevin Costner, had aroused a worldwide craze, bringing in some seventy million dollars.

“If the film cannot be recognized in America as a documentary in its own right, it will ultimately be recognized by the international community. “

Oliver Stone, on the Variety show “Directors on directors”

A success that the giants of American cinema have not taken into account. The new project was refused by platforms and broadcasters, such as Netflix and National Geographic, following a “Unapproved fact check”. This is why Oliver Stone seems particularly relieved by the reception given to his work by the Old Continent. “Cannes invited us for July this year [le festival ayant dû être repoussé à cause de la pandémie, ndlr]. This is a big step for us because, at least, even if the film cannot be recognized in America as a documentary in its own right, it will ultimately be recognized by the international community. And that is what is important. ” Especially since the result, lasting four hours, will be examined by … Spike Lee himself, the screenwriter presiding over the jury of the 74th edition of the festival.

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