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Directed by  Eldar Ryazanov
Music by  Andrey Petrov
Production company  Mosfilm
Director  Eldar Ryazanov
Production company  Mosfilm
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Written by  Eldar Ryazanov
Cinematography  Leonid Kalashnikov
Initial release  1991
Music director  Andrey Petrov
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Starring  Liya Akhedzhakova Valentin Gaft Olga Volkova Leonid Bronevoy Oleg Basilashvili
Awards  Nika Award for Best Film
Cast  Liya Akhedzhakova, Valentin Gaft, Oleg Basilashvili, Olga Volkova, Natalya Gundareva
Similar  The Garage, Old Hags, A Forgotten Tune for the Flute, Station for Two, Office Romance

Promised Heaven (Russian: Небеса обетованные, translit. Nebesa obetovannye) 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.


  • Liya Akhedzhakova - Anthemia Stepanovna, “Phima“, woman artist
  • Olga Volkova - “Katya Ivanova“, former cook and housemaid
  • Valentin Gaft - Dmitry Loginov, former party worker, leader of tramps, “President“
  • Leonid Bronevoy - Semen Yefremovich Bakurin, Soviet Army colonel retired
  • Oleg Basilashvili - Fedor Stepanovich Yelistratov, Phima's brother
  • Svetlana Nemolyaeva - Aglaya Sviderskaya, former party worker, Loginov's former wife
  • Sergei Artsibashev - Kirill, Katya Ivanova's eldest son / Kirill Grigorievich, large party official
  • Mikhail Filippov - Vasya, Katya Ivanova's younger son / Vasily Ilyich Prokhorov, large party official
  • Natalya Gundareva - Lyuska, Vasya's cohabitant
  • Natalia Shchukina - Jeanne, student, Fedor Yelistratov's wife
  • Vyacheslav Nevinny - Stepan, bum
  • Roman Kartcev - Solomon, bum, Stepan's friend
  • Alexander Pashutin - crazy motorman
  • Nina Ruslanova - Jeanne's aunt, dressmaker from Tver
  • Alexander Belyavsky - Oleg P. Mirov, chairman of Regional Executive Committee
  • Valery Nosik - bum
  • Stanislav Sadalskiy - photographer at the wedding
  • Lyudmila Ivanova - Claudia, cat lady
  • Tatyana Kravchenko - matron of the old people's home
  • Eldar Ryazanov - client in a cafe
  • Awards

  • 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)
  • References

    Promised Heaven Wikipedia