Legendary director Werner Herzog meets Mikhail Gorbachev for a series of exclusive one-on-one interviews with the man who ended the Cold War. Using Gorbachev’s personal archives as well as interviews with key political players from the last 30 years, this will be a deeply humanizing portrait of one of the 20th Century most defining politicians.
”One of the year’s best docs” - The Playlist
“Different and Engaging. With Mikhail Gorbachev...Werner Herzog has finally met his match.” - Indiewire
Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, the former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals. Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years! One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev’s approach: “The process went so quickly that … opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation.” Herzog and Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.
Werner Herzog was born in Munich. He has written, produced, and directed more than 50 films. His films include the TIFF selections Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (09), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (10), Into the Abyss (11), Into the Inferno (16), and Salt and Fire (16). Meeting Gorbachev (18) is his latest film.
André Singer is a British documentary filmmaker. His features include the TIFF selections Into the Abyss (11) and Into the Inferno (16). Meeting Gorbachev (18) is his latest film.
Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer
Cast: Mikhail Gorbachev, Miklós Németh, George P. Shultz, James A. Baker III, Lech Walesa, Horst Teltschik
Cinematography: Richard Blanshard, Yuri Barak
Editing: Michael Ellis
Executive Producers: Richard Melman, Molly Thompson, Eli Lehrer
Producers: Lucki Stipetic, Svetlana Palmer
Production Companies: Spring Films, Werner Herzog Film GMBH
Screenplay: Werner Herzog ,André Singer
Sound: Vladimir Rizun, Vasily Amochkin, Simon Bishop, Alexander Kuckuck
Filmmakers: Werner Herzog & André Singer
Telluride Film Festival 2018
Dok Leipzig 2018