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New York Film Festival Adds Radius’ Edward Snowden Doc to Main Slate

Programmers of the New York Film Festival — known for their tight grip on the fest’s small, highly curated lineup — have added a Main Slate special presentation to the 2014 roster: the world premiere of “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ upcoming documentary about Edward Snowden.

Radius in association with Participant Media have already picked up the film for an Oct. 24 theatrical release, with HBO Documentary Films on board as a post-theatrical broadcast partner.

“Citizenfour” is the third part of Poitras’ trilogy about national security abuses in post-9/11 America, following 2006 outing “My Country, My Country” and 2010 title “The Oath,” about Guantanamo. “Citizenfour” chronicles the early contact Poitras received from an anonymous e-mailer who turned out to be Snowden, and, beginning in June 2013, the meetings she and a reporter had with Snowden as he leaked classified information from the NSA, the CIA and other government orgs.

The NYFF special presentation of the pic will screen Oct. 10, two weeks ahead of the theatrical release, with Poitras on board for one of the fest’s Director Dialogues on Oct. 11.

“Citizenfour” joins a list of upcoming Radius releases that also includes “Horns” and “Adult Beginners,” recently acquired at Toronto.

The 2014 New York Film Festival, which opens Sept. 26 with the world premiere of “Girl Gone,” runs through Oct. 12.

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