Meeting Gorbachev (United States,United Kingdom,Austria)
April 24 May 2 2020

Meeting Gorbachev

Meeting Gorbachev

  • André Singer, Werner Herzog


Over a six-month period, Werner Herzog meets several times with 87-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the Soviet Union. They talk about politics, inevitably, about the six years during which the Russian headed the USSR, about perestroika and glasnost, and also about reunification—since this is an aspect more closely connected to the filmmaker's biography who grew up in post-war Germany. Interweaving conversations with archive images—whose very choice is inescapably emblematic—André Singer and Werner Herzog paint a portrait of one of the men who marked the 20th century, and with him, probably a certain Russian soul. Ever in the frame, Herzog addresses as much the deep admiration that he has for the statesman as his intention to reach a more human and less factual and historic dimension. He produces a singularly personal film and shows all the poetry of two illustrious men.
Emilie Bujès
Length: 90'
Country: United States, United Kingdom, Austria
Year: 2018
Language(s): English, German, Polish, Russian
Premiere status at VdR: Swiss Premiere
VdR edition : 2019


Lucki Stipetic  (Werner Herzog Filmproduktion)
Svetlana Palmer  (Spring Films)


Language(s):  English, German, Polish, Russian
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Monday 8 April
  • 20:30
Théâtre de Marens

SOIRÉE MAÎTRE DU RÉEL – Remise du Sesterce d'or Prix Raiffeisen Maître du Réel à Werner Herzog. Laudatio de Carlo Chatrian, Directeur artistique de la Berlinale dès l'édition 2020. | Award ceremony: Sesterce d'or Prix Raiffeisen Maître du Réel to Werner Herzog. Laudatio by Carlo Chatrian, Berlinale's Artistic Director as of its 2020 edition.

  • Tuesday 9 April
  • 20:30
Théâtre de Grand-Champ, Gland

En présence du réalisateur | In the presence of the filmmaker