A Trailer for Werner Herzog's New Documentary 'Meeting Gorbachev'
by Alex Billington
March 25, 2019
"There's never been anything like it in history…" The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for the doc Meeting Gorbachev, opening in US theaters in a few months. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and also played at the Telluride and Luxembourg City Film Festivals. Meeting Gorbachev is the latest documentary from Werner Herzog, co-directed by André Singer, and it seems to be a provocative, eye-opening look at an iconic politician. Herzog sat down for a total of three interviews over six months with Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union. Herzog's candid conversations with the former Soviet head of state form the backbone of this illuminating film, which tries to show that America and Russia are much similar than we all think. Herzog tells Indiewire in an interview: "I wish I can be part of creating a climate that would appeal to the best moments between America and Russia." Perhaps he can.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Werner Herzog's doc Meeting Gorbachev, from Indiewire:
Across a six-month period, Werner Herzog conducted three interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev that are the foundation for this riveting film, co-directed by André Singer. In over 50 years of filmmaking, Herzog has scarcely engaged with a politician so directly. He clearly admires Gorbachev for being the kind of world leader that's in short supply today, known for his grace, wisdom, and commitment to peace. Now 87, Gorbachev speaks like a man with nothing to lose. He is respected more outside Russia than inside, where he's blamed for the Soviet Union's breakup in 1991. He laments that "we didn't finish the job of democracy in Russia." And he worries that others took the wrong lessons from perestroika: "Americans think they won the Cold War and this went to their head. What victory?" Meeting Gorbachev is co-directed by prolific German filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Into the Abyss, Lo & Behold, Into the Inferno) & Andre Singer (Where the Wind Blew). This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. The Orchard will open Meeting Gorbachev in select theaters starting on May 3rd. Who's interested?
He did what he could in a given situation ...
shiboleth on Mar 25, 2019
I don't know about this latest effort of Herzog's. I don't much care about politicians and that includes American ones. It's all pretty much pretense to me. Ego aggrandizing and self centered obsession with legacy and other silly notions. I have much more interest in the likes of the Buddha or even Jesus if there was such a man. Philosophers and spiritual visionaries are of much more interest to me than politicians.
thespiritbo on Mar 25, 2019
Always interesting to watch Herzog ooze on screen.
DAVIDPD on Mar 26, 2019
I love watching Herzog's stuff. Always gives great background and perspective.
THE_RAW_ on Apr 1, 2019
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