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
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
Vitaly Mansky

Alexander Gelman & Vitaly Mansky

Alexandra Ivanova

Second Camera
Mihail Gorobchuk

Anrijs Krenbergs

Yevgeny Rybalko

Kārlis Auzāns

Commissioning editor
Peter Gottschalk (Arte G.E.I.E.), Alena Müllerová, Ivana Pauerová (Czech Television), Kenan Aliev, Natalia Arshavskaya (Current Time TV)

Vit Klusak (Hypermarket Film, Czech Republic), Filip Remunda (Hypermarket Film, Czech Republic)

Natalia Manskaia (Vertov, Latvia)

Production Companies
Vertov SIA, Hypermarket Film, ARTE, Current Time
World Sales
Visual communication takes place through pictures, graphs and charts.
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Current Time
Echo Moskvi
И Грянул Грэм
Premiere "Gorbachev. Heaven" and Tikhanovskaya
Наследие и роль Горбачева / Виталий Манский // Дилетант
Дифирамб / Виталий Манский
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