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Citizenfour ()


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A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 43 wins & 35 nominations.
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself
M. Margaret McKeown ...
Herself - Judge
Kevin Bankston ...
Himself, attorney representing Carolyn Jewel
Harry Pregerson ...
Himself - Judge
H. Thomas Byron ...
Himself - Government Representative
Michael Daly Hawkins ...
Himself - Judge
Jonathan Man ...
Himself - Human Rights Lawyer
Robert Tibbo ...
Himself - Human Rights Lawyer (voice)
José Casado ...
Himself
Roberto Kaz ...
Himself (as Robert Kaz)
Julian Borger ...
Himself - Editor, The Guardian
Paul Johnson ...
Himself
Nick Hopkins ...
Himself
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Himself
Marcel Bosonnet ...
Himself - Lawyer
Wolfgang Kaleck ...
Himself - Lawyer
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Himself - ACLU Lawyer
William Bourdon ...
Himself - Lawyer
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Himself
Carsten Gericke ...
Himself
David Miranda ...
Himself
Ladar Levison ...
Himself - Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Marcel Rosenbach ...
Himself - Journalist, Der Spiegel
Rainer Staudhammer ...
Himself
Lindsay Mills ...
Herself
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Keith Alexander ...
Himself, director of the National Security Agency (archiveFootage)
James Clapper ...
Himself, director of National Intelligence (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Herself, attorney for NSA whistleblower (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited)

Directed by

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Laura Poitras

Produced by

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Sara Bernstein ... supervising producer: HBO
Barbara Biemann ... commissioning editor: NDR
Mathilde Bonnefoy ... producer
Daniel Buresch ... production executive: NDR
Brenda Coughlin ... distribution producer
Kirsten Johnson ... co-producer
David Menschel ... executive producer
Sheila Nevins ... executive producer
Laura Poitras ... producer
Tom Quinn ... executive producer
Sonja Scheider ... commissioning editor: BR
Katy Scoggin ... co-producer
Jeff Skoll ... executive producer
Steven Soderbergh ... executive producer
Diane Weyermann ... executive producer
Dirk Wilutzky ... producer

Cinematography by

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Kirsten Johnson
Trevor Paglen
Laura Poitras
Katy Scoggin

Film Editing by

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Mathilde Bonnefoy

Editorial Department

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Christina Burchard ... additional editor
Robert Friebe ... colorist: final grading
Maria Frycz ... post production supervisor
Arne Hastedt ... head of production
Steffen Paul ... digital intermediate colorist
Jenny Perlin ... assistant editor
Katy Scoggin ... assistant editor
Raquel Stern ... on-line editor
Barbara Toennieshen ... additional editor

Sound Department

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Alexander Buck ... dialogue editor
Jimmy Chalk ... adr recordist
Thomas Kalbér ... assistant re-recording mixer
Judy Karp ... sound recordist
Frank Kruse ... sound designer
Adam Laschinger ... adr recordist
Matthias Lempert ... re-recording mixer
Laura Poitras ... sound recordist
Carsten Richter ... foley artist
Hans Schumann ... music editor
Helene Seidl ... additional sound editor
Markus Stemler ... additional sound editor
Marcus Sujata ... foley mixer
André Zacher ... adr recordist

Visual Effects by

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Killian Manning ... visual effects
Bryce Nielsen ... visual effects producer
Neil Reynolds ... titles

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jimmy Chalk ... additional camera
Juan Luis Passarelli ... cameraman
Heloísa Passos ... additional camera
Adam Ruszkowski ... additional camera
Dirk Wilutzky ... additional camera
Ed Moore ... aerial cinematographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Chris Holmes ... additional composer
Nick Murray ... composer: Trailer Music

Other crew

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Matt Bednarsky ... translation and transcription
Jacob Berezin ... office assistant
Jimmy Chalk ... translation and transcription
Frank Dehn ... legal counsel
Mike Derham ... translation and transcription
Joshua L. Dratel ... legal counsel
Amanda Fatemi ... office assistant
Heike Günther ... production accountant
Sonke Hilbrans ... legal counsel
Jons Jonsson ... translation and transcription
Victor Kovner ... legal counsel
Marcelo Lessa ... production assistant
Sheila Maniar ... archival researcher
Catherine Nicely ... translation and transcription
Andreas Pense ... legal counsel
Jenny Perlin ... archival researcher / translation and transcription
Conor Provenzano ... production assistant
Svenja Rieck ... archival researcher / production coordinator
Rosemary Rotondi ... archival researcher
Grit Rubel ... tax consultant
Wolfgang Schomburg ... legal counsel
Carsten Siebert ... production publicist
Claudia Tomassini ... production publicist
Winnie Wong ... insurance
Pandora Zolotor ... production accountant

Thanks

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Alexander Abdo ... thanks
Ra'anan Alexandrowicz ... special thanks
Anthony Arnove ... thanks
Renata Avila ... thanks
Julia Bacha ... thanks
James Bamford ... thanks
Daniel Bangert ... special thanks
John Perry Barlow ... thanks
Martin Baron ... thanks
Diani Barreto ... thanks
Eric Bates ... thanks
Susan Benn ... thanks
James Berk ... thanks
Daniel Bernstein ... thanks
Carole J. Binney ... special thanks
David Blishen ... thanks
Chad Boettcher ... thanks
Gabriel Brakin ... thanks (as Gabe Brakin)
Dorothy Byrne ... thanks
Andrew Catauro ... thanks
Gregg Cohenca ... thanks
Cindy Cohn ... thanks
Charlotte Cook ... thanks
John Cook ... thanks
Rebecca Corbett ... thanks
John Cusack ... thanks
Donna De Salvo ... thanks
Natalie Difford ... thanks
Roger Dingledine ... thanks
Thomas Drake ... special thanks
Daniel Ellsberg ... thanks
Philipp Engelhorn ... thanks
David Farine ... thanks
Joseph Farrell ... thanks
Elissa Federoff ... thanks
Kristin Feeley ... thanks
Liza Burnett Fefferman ... thanks
Amanda Ferrand ... thanks
Beadie Finzi ... special thanks
Andrew Fishman ... thanks
Trevor FitzGibbon ... thanks
Yance Ford ... thanks
James Franklin ... thanks
Maxyne Franklin ... thanks
Barton Gellman ... thanks
Ahmed Ghappour ... thanks
Leah Giblin ... thanks
Janine Gibson ... thanks
Sebastian Gjerding ... thanks
Rose Goldberg ... thanks
Rop Gonggrijp ... special thanks
Jennifer Goppert ... special thanks
Carsten Grabow ... special thanks
Christian Grothoff ... thanks
Doris-Louise Haineault ... special thanks
Ed Halter ... thanks
Johanna Hamilton ... thanks
Cornelia Hammelmann ... thanks
Sarah Harrison ... special thanks
Ashley Hasz ... thanks
Chris Hedges ... thanks
Nadia Heninger ... thanks
Parker Higgins ... thanks
Kristinn Hrafnsson ... thanks
Jeff Ivers ... thanks
Tabitha Jackson ... thanks
Amanda Lynn Jacobsen ... thanks
Jaffer Jameel ... special thanks
Jason Janego ... thanks
Xeni Jardin ... thanks
Heiko Kalmbach ... thanks
Aliza Kaplan ... thanks
Simon Kilmurry ... thanks
Laura Kim ... thanks
Eric King ... thanks
Merel Koning ... special thanks
Kira Kosnick ... thanks
David Kussel ... thanks
Tanja Lange ... thanks
Jeff Larson ... thanks
Micah Lee ... special thanks
Ulli Lenze ... special thanks
Rebecca Lichtenfeld ... thanks
Edward Loomis ... special thanks
Peter Maass ... thanks
Gavin MacFadyen ... thanks
Dale Maharidge ... special thanks
Jonathan Man ... thanks
Sparkle Marple ... thanks
Morgan Marquis-Boire ... thanks
Crosby McCloy ... thanks
Lori McGlinchey ... thanks
Caroline McKenzie ... thanks
Cara Mertes ... special thanks
Lindsay Mills ... special thanks
David Miranda ... special thanks
Henrik Moltke ... special thanks
Andy Müller-Maguhn ... thanks
Jonathan Oppenheim ... special thanks
Julie Yunyi Ren ... special thanks
James Risen ... special thanks
Anthony Romero ... special thanks
Marcel Rosenbach ... special thanks
Leif Ryge ... special thanks
Jess Search ... special thanks
Holger Stark ... special thanks
Tony Tabatznik ... special thanks
Robert Tibbo ... special thanks
Tom Tykwer ... special thanks
Kirk Wiebe ... special thanks
Ben Wizner ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In January 2013, Laura Poitras started receiving anonymous encrypted e-mails from "CITIZENFOUR," who claimed to have evidence of illegal covert surveillance programs run by the NSA in collaboration with other intelligence agencies worldwide. Five months later, she and reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The resulting film is history unfolding before our eyes. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines Witness the event that changed history: The Edward Snowden revelations. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Гражданин четыре (Russia)
  • Έντουαρντ Σνόουντεν: Citizenfour (Greece)
  • Cidadãoquatro (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $193,957, 31 Oct 2014
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $3,780,692

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Laura Poitras edited the film in Germany after flying directly there from Hong Kong with the Snowden footage, to prevent the FBI from showing up with a search warrant for her hard drives. See more »
Goofs In the second CNN item (friday, 53'), the Hebrew characters on the mobile phone in the background aren't censored in the first two shots. Afterwards the background has changed to only leave Latin characters on the dial pad. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015). See more »
Soundtracks 02 Ghosts I See more »
Quotes Edward Snowden: Assume your adversary is capable of one trillion guesses per second.
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