Meeting Gorbachev 2018

Directed by Werner Herzog, André Singer Framing Reality

Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev gets his due in [Werner Herzog’s] engaging and touching valedictory to one of the most pivotal figures of the 20th century.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Jul 27

Light House Petone

Jul 28
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Light House Cuba

Jul 29
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Light House Cuba

Aug 03
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The Roxy Cinema

Aug 08
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Aug 13
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The Roxy Cinema

Aug 14
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Germany / UK / USA In English, German, Polish and Russian with English subtitles
91 minutes Colour and B&W / DCP
E

Directors/Screenplay

Producers

Lucki Stipetic
,
Svetlana Palmer

Photography

Yuri Burak
,
Richard Blanshard

Editor

Michael Ellis

Narrator

Werner Herzog

Music

Nicholas Singer

With

Mikhail Gorbachev
,
Werner Herzog
,
Miklós Németh
,
George P. Shultz
,
James A. Baker III
,
Lech Wałęsa
,
Horst Teltschik

Festivals

Toronto
,
Amsterdam Documentary 2018
,
Tribeca 2019

Elsewhere

PODCAST

The unifying global vision of Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, brought unprecedented openness to government, put nuclear disarmament on the international agenda and allowed Eastern Europe to escape the stranglehold of Moscow without a fight. In late 1991 he was ousted and the dismantling of empire fell into less scrupulous hands.

Interviewing a rueful and forthright Gorbachev at 87, retracing his rise and fall in vivid strokes, and seeking testimony from other key players, director Werner Herzog provides a moving portrait of his statesmanship, his humanity and his profound historical impact. — BG

“Consisting primarily of a sit-down interview with the former Soviet leader, Werner Herzog’s Meeting Gorbachev speeds through a vast stretch of the 20th century, explaining the decline of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain through the eyes of the man whose reforms precipitated much of it… Meeting Gorbachev is a hagiography, but it’s unafraid to position itself as such; Herzog makes his case proudly and passionately.” — Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine