2019 | Werner Herzog & André Singer | UK/Germany/USA | English | 90 min | NR
The seven years (1985-1992) that saw the USSR under the stewardship of Mikhail Gorbachev were some of the most momentous years in 20th century history, seeing not only the collapse of the Soviet Union, but witnessing much of the rest of the Europe and the world changing forever.
The filmmakers’ unique access to the now ailing man at the center of that cataclysm reveals the inside story of what happened thirty years ago and how this impacts on today’s world. The film re-examines, in a new and personal light, the forces of history that led to the spectacular fall of one of the world’s most powerful empires. The discussion between Mikhail Gorbachev and Werner Herzog is in turns enlightening, amusing and totally unique. MEETING GORBACHEV will throw light on the legacy of those tumultuous years for a new generation, now facing their own turbulent times.
Our opening night show will feature a post-film conversation and Q & A with Dr. David Gracon and Yuri Zalizniak
“What makes MEETING GORBACHEV most interesting is the way we see Herzog shape the narrative through his questions, narration, and filmmaking skills.” — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
“Herzog shapes the film into a study in how world events often come down to quirks of character and circumstance. To another leader, glasnost or perestroika would not have seemed like obvious policies. A thaw might never have happened.” — Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
“I like this film. It’s realistic and it’s dramatic – like life itself.” — Mikhail Gorbachev