Traverse City Film Festival released the 2019 program marking the 15th Anniversary Year with a “Cinema Saves The World” theme, and featuring over 200 films and events
NAME OF FILM: MEETING GORBACHEV
DIRECTOR(S): Werner Herzog, André Singer
STARRING: Yuri Andropov, James Baker, Leonid Brezhnev
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: In both his narrative films and his documentaries, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog has always focused on people that live abnormal, often dangerous lives, be it volcanologists, Antarctic researchers, or 16th century conquistadors. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, now 87, might not initially seem like one of these figures but, really, what job could be more dangerous than attempting to end the Cold War? As always, Herzog digs deep into the psychology of his subject, and over the course of three interviews, he figures out what makes Gorbachev tick. Given all that’s happening in the world, 2019 might seem like an odd time to spotlight a long-retired Russian leader. But in this engrossing, humanistic portrait, Herzog illuminates why Gorbachev—who led his people away from fascism and toward peaceful resolutions—is worthy of study now more than ever.
More than 40 films will compete in the three feature film juried competitions at the 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival for $30,000 in cash prizes.
The 63rd Cork Film Festival, running from November 9 to 18, 2018, will showcase Irish and international films with a focus on current global issues.
Toronto International Film Festival Unveils 2018 Docs Program, Opens with Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 11/9
The World Premiere of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 , a radical and humorous look at the United States under Donald Trump, will open the Toronto International Film Festival 2018 documentary program.