FWFD is very proud to announce our project with Spring Films (twice Oscar nominated, Emmy, BAFTA, Peabody, Grierson and RTS award winning factual production company ), the development of a feature length documentary ‘Meeting Gorbachev.’ The 91 min documentary has been completed and the European premiere will take place on 26 October 2018 at the Leipzig Film Festival
Indiewire says: “With Mikhail Gorbachev – the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union – Werner Herzog has finally met his match. In the opening seconds of the legendary filmmaker’s latest documentary, Herzog sits across from the retired world leader responsible for hits like glasnost and perestroika, and attempts to hijack the man’s life story for his own ecstatic purposes…Not since Klaus Kinski has Herzog aimed his camera at such an uncontrollable subject, and that includes the erupting peaks of “Into the Inferno” and the radioactive crocodiles in “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams.””
Directed by legendary film maker Werner Herzog and multi award winner Andre singer, it has at its heart filmed conversations between Herzog and Gorbachev, two of the most creative minds of the twentieth century in their fields.
Werner was described earlier this year by Rolling stone Magazine as a ‘death defying, gonzo film making genius’ and Mickail is the man some say destroyed the soviet Union, but was instrumental in ending the cold war and uniting Germany.
“The feature documentary and series will focus on Gorbachev’s six-year reign as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) from 1985 to 1991, during which time his policies of “glasnost” (openness) and “perestroika” (restructuring) hastened the dissolution of the Soviet Union, fall of Russian-style communism and the end of the Cold War. . Singer wants the film to be ready by end-2018 so it can be rolled-out at festivals and theatrically ahead of the 30th anniversary in November 2019 of the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the most symbolic events in the fall of the Soviet bloc”