Will Robinson
August 19, 2016 at 09:11 PM EDT

Edward Snowden and Lindsay Mills are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but they share a great chemistry.

A new clip from director Oliver Stone’s Snowden, a biopic about the NSA whistleblower, premiered Friday that shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley strolling past protesters outside the White House with an early date vibe. Mills sides with the anti-war protesters, while Snowden has strong reservations.

“I don’t really like bashing my country,” he says. “How about questioning the liberal media? You’re just buying into what one side is saying.”

“Maybe I am, because my side’s right!” Mills retorts. “You are a very frustrating individual, you know what? How am I going to make you see?”

The subsequent kiss, albeit touching, doesn’t sway Snowden’s mind at all. Not that it was a poor sign for their relationship. After Snowden went into hiding, Mills joined him in Moscow. She even appeared on stage at the 87th Oscars in 2015 when Citizenfour, the documentary about the Snowden leaks, took home the Best Documentary trophy.

See the new clip above. Snowden, also starring Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, and Scott Eastwood, opens Sept. 16.

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