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Gorbachev. Heaven

Vitaly Mansky
Screening time  
15.06. / Tuesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Ticket

Gorbachev’s short time in power was marked by the collapse of this empire. He was the architect of Glasnost and Perestroika, policies that gave the citizens of the Soviet Union – what Ronald Reagan called “the Evil Empire” – a chance to be free. He tore down the Berlin Wall. But at the same time, under his rule, the Chernobyl nuclear facility exploded and its destruction was concealed. Citizens demanding independence in the Baltic states died. Soldiers brutally suppressed protesters in Tbilisi. And Soviet tanks menaced, and killed, peaceful demonstrators in Baku. The Soviet empire collapsed under him – and he is condemned by his own people. With this burden of the past, this lonely old man is living the last days of his life in an empty house in the suburbs near Moscow.  


Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Mansky was born in 1963 in Lviv, Ukraine. He moved to Russia, where he lived during the breakup of the Soviet Union, today he resides in Latvia. He is the founder of Russian documentary festival Artdocfest. As a filmmaker, he is known for the award-winning documentary features: Putin’s Witnesses (2018), Close Relations (2016), Under the Sun (2015), Pipeline (2013), Motherland or Death (2011). Many of his films were screened at ZagrebDox programs with Pipeline winning the Movies That Matter Award. Gorbachev. Heaven (2020) is his latest film.

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Gorbachev. Heaven

Latvia, Czech Republic
2020, 100'

Directed by:
Vitaly Mansky

Screenplay by:
Alexander Gelman, Vitaly Mansky

Alexandra Ivanova, Mihail Gorobchuk

Edited by:
Yevgeny Rybalko

Kārlis Auzāns

Natalia Manskaia, Vit Klusak, Filip Remunda

Produced by:
Vertov, Hypermarket Film, Arte G.E.I.E., Czech Television, Current Time TV

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2020 – Best Directing in the Feature-Length Competition
Visions du Réel 2020
CPH:DOX 2020
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020
Sofia International Film Festival 2020


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