Sun 8 Dec - Wed 11 Dec 2019
Sun 8 Dec - Wed 11 Dec 2019

94 mins – United Kingdom / Germany / United States 2018 – Documentary – Dir: Werner Herzog, André Singer
Featuring: Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin and Werner Herzog

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.

Sun 8 Dec
3pm / 7pm
Mon 9 Dec
7pm
Tues 10 Dec
7pm
Wed 11 Dec
7pm
Gorbachev turns out to be one of the most fascinating political figures of our time. All thanks to Herzog's keen eye
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