Promised Heaven

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The Promised Heaven
Promised Heaven.jpg
Directed by Eldar Ryazanov
Written by Eldar Ryazanov, Henrietta Altman
Starring Liya Akhedzhakova
Valentin Gaft
Olga Volkova
Leonid Bronevoy
Oleg Basilashvili
Music by Andrey Petrov
Cinematography Leonid Kalashnikov
Release date
January 1992
Running time
125 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Promised Heaven[1] (Russian: Небеса обетованные, translit. Nebesa obetovannye)[2] is a 1991 Soviet film directed by Eldar Ryazanov. The film is a fantastical social tragicomedy.


The movie is set in against the dusk of the Soviet Union and associated changes in economical and social life. Near one of Moscow's train stations, on a landfill site, a group of vagrants lives. Due to a variety of reasons, once prosperous people have lost their jobs, homes, loved ones and began living at a landfill. Among them are: Anthemia, a talented artist; her brother Fedor Yelistratov, who was repressed in the days of Stalinism; Solomon, a former engineer, who lost his job because his family emigrated to Israel; and former cook and housemaid Katya, who was beaten and kicked out of her house by her drunkard son. The head of those unfortunate people is "President" - a former party worker Dmitry Loginov, who like his friend Fedor, was in Stalin's camps.

One night the President tells his friends incredible news. He allegedly had contact with aliens, who promised to take all those people to their planet - to the place where happiness, joy and peace rule. At the right day and hour of the homeless are supposed to receive the signal from the "visitors from the sky": blue snow shall fall.

They prepare for a long trip, but authorities are going to liquidate the landfill site to build a condom factory. The President and other inhabitants of the landfill are trying to protect their home, but the authorities in their pursuit to liquidate the camp of homeless people are ready to do anything.

At a winter night, "blue" snow begins to fall from the sky. The President and his "fellow citizens" go out to meet the good aliens, but they see heavily armed police squads and tanks approaching them that should raze vagrants' shacks to the ground.

Desperate people load on the old steam train, power it up and as it gains speed, it takes off the ground, to the Promised Heavens.



  • Awards of magazine "Soviet Screen": "Best film of the year" and "Best actress of the year" (1991)
  • Nika Award: "Best Movie", "Best Director", "Best Actor in a Supporting Role", "Best Music", "Best Sound", "Best Artistic Direction" (1992)
  • Film Critics Award of the film festival "Constellation" (1992)
  • Awards of International Film Festival in Madrid: Grand Prix - "Best fiction film" (1992)


  1. ^ "Небеса обетованные". Retrieved 2015-10-27.
  2. ^ "Небеса обетованные (1991) - информация о фильме - советские фильмы - Кино-Театр.РУ". Retrieved 2015-10-27.

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