Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 3:
Werner Herzog and Andre Singer
Toronto, CPH:DOX, Tribeca, DocPoint, Dok Leipzig
The German auteur has a meeting of the minds with the legendary final leader of the Soviet Union.
Over the course of six months, Werner Herzog sat down with Mikhail Gorbachev for three surprisingly affectionate meetings to discuss the politician’s history and pivotal role in bringing the Cold War to an end. As may be expected, their discussions are less formal and more idiosyncratic, but nevertheless cover the key points in the fraught relationship between the US and USSR, the struggles within the Soviet politburo, and Gorbachev’s pragmatic reformist approach during a time of geopolitical turmoil. Herzog displays a genuine, and infectious, fondness for the world leader and his diplomacy, particularly in these fractious times.