American indie distributor The Orchard has acquired North American theatrical distribution rights for Meeting Gorbachev, directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer.
In Metting Gorbachev, Herzog conducts a series of interviews with the the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. In three meetings spread out over a six-month period, the two discuss Gorbachev’s historical career and his longtime commitment to peace.
The film was produced for Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film. It was produced by Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer, with executive producers Richard Melman for Spring Films, and Molly Thompson and Eli Lehrer for History Films.
Orchard plans a theatrical release in early 2019, while A+E Networks-owned History retains all television rights.
“Meeting Gorbachev is an enthralling look back at a fascinating leader and diplomat, all the more impactful based on what the world looks like today,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP of film and television, in a statement. “Werner and André’s own sensibilities make the film engaging and personal in a way no other filmmakers could.”
“We are very pleased to partner with Paul and the team at The Orchard on the release of Meeting Gorbachev,” added Thompson. “Werner and André have brought us a rare and historic interview with Mikhail Gorbachev which is particularly relevant given the current state of world affairs.”