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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 Manskiy (1963, Lviv, Ukraine) graduated from VGIK in 1989 and became one of the most prominent contemporary Russian documentary filmmakers and producers. He has directed over 30 films which have been screened at almost every major festival around the world and have won over 100 international awards. He is the founder and president of the International Festival of Creative Documentary Films Artdocfest (its activity was halted in 2022 due to censorship in Russia, as well as Russia’s war against Ukraine). He is persecuted by the Russian authorities for defending his civic position

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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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