The USSR’s last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, steps back into the limelight in this riveting documentary focused on a life that changed history. Now 87 and in precarious health, Gorbachev nevertheless possesses a mind as sharp as ever as he parries with Werner Herzog (SFFILM’s Directing Award, 2006) in a series of interviews. Gorbachev tells his story his way, immune to Herzog’s conversational gambits. Archival footage and interviews with Gorbachev contemporaries, including Poland’s Lech Walesa and former Secretary of State George Shultz, help fill in the portrait, but it is Gorbachev’s own words that form the core of this fascinating portrait.
Red Cliffs 2 Wed 6:30pm
Red Cliffs 3 Thu 3:20pm
United Kingdom, 2018
Run time 1:30 min
Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer