Gorbachev. Heaven

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. 



Country of Production
Latvia, Czech Republic

Year of Production

HD, 4K

57 / 100 min

Vitaly Mansky

Vertov in co-production with Hypermarket Film, ARTE G.E.I.E., Czech Television, Current Time TV

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

IDFA 2020 (Award for Best Directing in the Feature-Length Competition)
Tallinn Black Nights 2020
Budapest IDF 2021
Sofia IFF 2021
Hong Kong IFF 2021
It's all true Brasil 2021
GoEast Wiesbaden 2021
CPH:DOX 2021
Visions du Réel 2021
DOK.fest Munich 2021
DocsBarcelona 2021
Artdocfest 2021
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021
Crossing Europe 2021
Zagreb Dox 2021
Beldocs 2021
DocAviv 2021
Millennium Docs Against Gravity 2021
CinEast Luxembourg 2021
DocLisboa 2021
RIDM 2021
Trieste IFF 2022
Antenna IDF 2022

//EFA Documentary Film Selection 2021
//APSA Nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film 2021