Russia, 2020, 100mn 
Gorbachev. Heaven
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Горбачев. Рай


 Gorbatchev. En aparté

 Gorbachev. Ray

Directed by : Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Aleksandr GELMAN (Александр ГЕЛЬМАН), Vitali MANSKY (Виталий МАНСКИЙ)
Cinematography : Aleksandra IVANOVA (Александра ИВАНОВА)
Music : Karlis AUZANS (Карлис АУЗАНС)
Produced by : Natalia MANSKAYA (Наталья МАНСКАЯ)
Other persons :
Продюсеры : Вит Клусак, Филип Ремунда / Producteurs : Vit Klusak, Filip Remunda VIT KLU
Site : IMDb

Plot synopsis
Mikhail Gorbachev, the 89-year-old former leader of the Soviet Union, receives Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky at his house just outside Moscow. In a light and pleasant atmosphere, weighty topics come up for discussion, as Gorbachev looks back over his life. The conversation revolves around the reforms he implemented as party chief in the 1980s, as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, followed by the collapse of the Soviet empire. Also discussed is how the Russian people were not grateful when the new freedoms proved to come at the price of unemployment and hunger. Mansky questions Gorbachev about the drastic choices that also affected his own life. Jokes, spontaneous interruptions, or suddenly remembered folk songs and poems bring lightness to the reflections on political decisions. Gorbachev also talks about his inseparable bond with his late wife Raisa. And would the filmmakers perhaps like something to eat? Endless set tables, gherkins with vodka, New Year’s Eve with friends: typical Russian everyday life illustrates a feeling of wistfulness.

Commentaries and bibliography
Gorbatchev : En aparté, mardi 17 août sur ARTE, Jean-Marc VERDREL,, 2021
Горбачев. Рай — фильм-портрет первого президента СССР о власти, возрасте и любви, Anton DOLIN,, 2020
Critique : Gorbachev. Heaven, Davide ABBATESCIANNI,, 2020
Documentaire L’insaisissable Gorbatchev [à propos du film Gorbatchev.Le Paradis de Vitali Manski], Daria BORISSOVA,, 2020

Selected in the following festivals :
- Trieste Film Festival, Trieste (Italy), 2022
- Montreal International Documentary Festival : RIDM, Montreal (Canada), 2021
- Hong-Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong (China), 2021
- Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava (Czech Republic), 2021
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2021
- Nyon International Documentary Film Festival "Visions du réel", Nyon (Switzerland), 2021
- International Art Documentary Film Festival "Artdocfest", Moscow (Russia), 2020

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