MEETING GORBACHEV
(91 min) Germany/Russia
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TUESDAY OCTOBER 20 (SESSION 14)

Directors: Werner Herzog, Andre Singer
Producers: Lucki Stipetic, Svetlana Palmer

Description:

Werner Herzog meeting Mikhail Gorbachev gives a fresh insight into one of the most significant happenings of the late 20th Century. Although the last President of the Soviet Union is an ailing man, his mind is sharp. His three encounters with Herzog are engaging, insightful, moving, and important.

Biography:

Werner Herzog was born in Munich. He has written, produced, and directed more than 70 films, published books of prose, staged several operas, acted in films and TV (Jack Reacher, The Mandalorian), and founded the Rogue Film School. His features include Lessons of Darkness (1992), Grizzly Man (2005), Encounters at the End of the World (2007), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), Into the Abyss (2011) Into the Inferno (2016), Meeting Gorbachev (2019), Family Romance, LLC (2020) and most recently Fireball – Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) a documentary feature co-directed with Clive Oppenheimer.

André Singer has had a long and distinguished career as both filmmaker and anthropologist. In the former capacity he originally worked for Granada Television in the UK making films for World in Action and Disappearing World. For the BBC, he founded the documentary series Fine Cut (which later became Storyville) where he met and worked as either an Executive or Producer with many leading filmmakers, such as Jean Rouch; Fred Wiseman, DA Pennebaker, and Vikram Jayanti, and where he first linked up with Werner Herzog by commissioning Lessons of Darkness. The rest, as they say is history, and he has played a role subsequently on sixteen of Werner’s films. As a director he was awarded the Peabody and Emmy for his film Night Will Fall (2014), and co-directed the criticallyacclaimed Meeting Gorbachev (2019) with Werner Herzog. As an Executive Producer and through his company, Spring Films, he worked on Joshua Oppenheimer’s academy award nominated films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, and has recently executive produced Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s new documentary feature, Fireball – Visitors from Darker Worlds.

Contact information:

w: http://www.springfilms.tv/portfolio/meeting-gorbachev-ae-mdr-arte/
e: claire.kessie@springfilms.tv


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