The 90-year old Gorbachev currently lives in a modest house outside Moscow, awaiting the moment when he will be called to join the list of the 20th century's most consequential figures. History will judge Gorbachev, but Gorbachev presents his own, final testimony.
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.
Festivals and prizes
World premiere and regional premieres
Director Vitaly Mansky
Author Alexander Gelman & Vitaly Mansky
DoP Alexandra Ivanova
Second Camera Mihail Gorobchuk
Sound Anrijs Krenbergs
Editor Yevgeny Rybalko
Music Kārlis Auzāns
Commissioning editor Peter Gottschalk (Arte G.E.I.E.), Alena Müllerová, Ivana Pauerová (Czech Television), Kenan Aliev, Natalia Arshavskaya (Current Time TV)
Co-producers Vit Klusak (Hypermarket Film, Czech Republic), Filip Remunda (Hypermarket Film, Czech Republic)
Producer Natalia Manskaia (Vertov, Latvia)
Production Companies Vertov SIA, Hypermarket Film, ARTE, Current Time