Mikhail Gorbachev hits UK cinemas in November

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Werner Herzog and Andre Singer’s Mikhail Gorbachev film is inked in for a November cinema release.

Arriving in cinemas on November 8th is the new film from Werner Herzog, made with Andre Singer. And it involves a chat with a rather famous politician.

No point keeping the suspense going, as you’ve guessed who it is from the title. But Meeting Gorbachev sees Herzog and Singer conducting three long interviews with the former Russian leader.

The film’s already earned rich acclaim from its US release earlier this year. Here’s the trailer and synopsis to give you a taste of the movie.

And the synopsis reads…

Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician. Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, 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.

Look out for the film next month.

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