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The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Meeting Gorbachev, from directors Werner Herzog and Andre Singer.
History Films, the A&E Network’s independent film label, has retained all television rights. Meeting Gorbachev is the Orchard’s third collaboration with History, after Oscar-nominated films Cartel Land and Life, Animated.
The feature is a behind-the-scenes memoir from the eighth, and last, leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. Having been General Secretary of the governing Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991, Gorbachev became one of the world’s most established politicians of the 20th century. For the doc, Herzog interviewed Gorbachev on three separate occasions across a six-month period.
Lucki Stipetic and Svetlana Palmer produced the doc, which was exec produced by Richard Melman for Spring Films, as well as Molly Thompson and Eli Lehrer for History Films, which worked with Herzog on previous doc Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
The film premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and screened at TIFF. Orchard is planning an early 2019 theatrical release.
The deal was negotiated by Submarine Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.
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