Balkan Dox

Gorbachev. Heaven

Latvia, Czech Republic
2020 — 100 min / Colour



GORBACHEV. HEAVEN is a documentary film about changes that reverberated throughout the world wrought by one man. A film summing-up the life of a man who changed the world in the 20th century. 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 wielding shovels 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.

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Directors' Biography

Vitaliy Manskiy was born on December 2, 1963 in Lvov, Lvovskaya oblast, Ukrainskaya SSR, USSR as Vitaliy Vsevolodovich Manskiy. He is a director and writer, known for Pipeline (2013), Under the Sun (2015) and Motherland or Death (2011).

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Vitaly Mansky


Natalia Manskaia

Filip Remunda

Vít Klusák


Alexandra Ivanova


Yevgeny Rybalko


Anrijs Krenbergs

Screenings & Awards

IDFA, Netherlands, 2020
Award for Best Directing

CPH:DOX, Denmark, 2021

Visions du Réel, Switzerland, 2021

DOK.fest Munich , Germany, 2021

Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom, 2021