Vitaly Mansky

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  • Name: Vitaly Mansky ( Vitaliy Manskiy )
  • Date of birth: 2 December 1963.
  • Age: 53 years
  • Place of birth: Lviv, Ukraine
  • Activity: the Russian documentary filmmaker, producer
  • Marital status: married

    Vitaly Mansky: biography

    One of the most famous Directors-cinematographers of Russia and the author of many rating programs Vitaly Mansky was born in Chernigov Ukrainian Lviv at the end of 1963. Here he spent his childhood and youth. In this ancient town of narrow cobbled streets and cathedrals, which is like breathing Polish culture, Vitaly Mansky became fascinated with cinema.

    Vitaly Mansky and his family
    Vitaly Mansky and his family |

    After high school, Mansky went to Moscow, where the first try went to the famous VGIK, choosing for himself the cinematography Department. He studied in the Studio of Sergey Medynsky, where he received the basic skills of the Director and the cameraman.


    A cinematic biography of Vitaly Mansky originates from the late 1980s. the Director chose to not artistic, but documentary. Test of strength of the first two films, «Dog» and «boomerang», was held in 1987. Then there are two documentaries called the «Park of culture» and «Post.» These works have not brought the young Director to fame, but became the stepping stones that eventually led to success.

    Vitaly Mansky
    Vitaly Mansky |

    The first notable film by Vitaly Mansky became his project called «Jewish happiness», which was released in 1990. It is noteworthy that this is not a documentary, and feature films, which included such famous actors as Eugene Steblov, Galina Momchilova, Sergey Russkin and Anna Matyukhina.

    The film tells about the last representative of the old Jewish family the marches, which decided to follow all his relatives to emigrate from Russia to their historic homeland. The role went to Mark’s Stem. This tape was cool encountered by viewers and critics, and the Director never returned to the game genre.

    But I think this game picture is Vitaly Mansky «groped» his way in the documentary. In 1993, he released his project called «Cutting another war». This film brings the Director his first honorary award. In Leipzig Mansky awarded the Prize «Silver Dove.»

    Vitaly Mansky
    Vitaly Mansky |

    Even greater success is the documentary «Grace», released in 1996. In the same Leipzig, Germany, for the work of the Russian Director has already awarded the 2nd prize from the jury of film festival «Dok Leipzig». Special prize for best Director and diploma Mansky received Ventspils in the Latvian and Estonian pärnu. In the Swiss city of Nyon of the young Director award a prize for the best film, and in San Francisco he was awarded the prestigious prize «Golden spire». The prophetic title «Grace» really brings its Creator a breakthrough and authority in the West.

    In the same memorable 1996 Director launching a new project, which to him, it seems, no one seriously engaged in: Mansky is taken for archiving Amateur, private surveys, which were conducted in the former Soviet Union in the period from 1930 to 1990-th years of the twentieth century. This laborious and Herculean work leads to create the one-of-a-kind archive consisting of unique kinovideocentr private life of the Soviet society.

    Since 1995, the biography of Vitaly Mansky is closely connected with the TV. Nearly 10 years, he worked on different channels, launching new projects. The most popular of these «Real movie» «family film» and «Kinopolis». Thanks to the program «Real movie» that was broadcast on «the First channel» viewers saw the premiere of the world’s best documentary films.

    Vitaly Mansky
    Vitaly Mansky |

    In the same 1995 by Vitaly Mansky was appointed head of the cinema, and after some time, General producer of the channel «REN-TV». Thanks to him, the channel broadcasts the best documentaries from around the world.

    In 1999 Vitaly Gromov headed the service of production and demonstration of documentary films on the channel «Russia». As a producer Mansky was able to produce more than 3 hundred documentaries, which viewers saw on TV channels «NTV», «Russia», «First channel», «STS», «Culture» and «REN-TV».

    As one of the most experienced documentary filmmakers and producers of the country Vitaly Mansky in 2000 he became the first initiator of, and after 6 years as CEO of the National prize «Laurel», which is awarded to Directors of the best documentary projects of the country. And Vitaly Vsevolodovich became one of the main founders of the new Guild of documentary cinema of Russia.

    Vitaly Mansky
    Vitaly Mansky | rgіm25.Gee

    In 2009, German with the Director and masters of the country, such as Eldar Ryazanov, Alexey Herman, Alexander Sokurov and Yuri Norstein, became the founder of the alternative Union of cinematographers of the country.

    During all this time, renowned documentary filmmaker creates more than 30 documentaries, many of which bring him a popularity far beyond Russia. Popular movies Mansky of the Russian politicians. Spectators watch the tapes «Gorbachev. After the Empire», «Yeltsin. Another life» and «Putin said. Leap year». But the most popular and numerous awards brought the author of the documentary «Broadway. Black sea», «Innocence», «Private Chronicles. Monologue», «the sun» and «Pipe». They were shown on more than 500 film festivals in the world, among which the most famous in Cannes, San Sebastiano, Rotterdam, Berlin, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Munich and Rio de Janeiro.

    The film Mansky «In the sun» on North Korea not only won one of main prizes of the festival in Trieste, but note Korean foreign Ministry sent the Russian foreign Ministry. The document was required to prohibit the tape to the display.

    Recently Vitaly Mansky – academician of the Russian film Academy «Nika», Member of teleakademii «taffy» and academician of the Eurasian Academy of television and radio. He was elected Deputy Chairman of the Kinosoyuz Russia and the General producer of the National award «Laurel branch».

    In the spring of 2014 Vitaly Mansky has put his signature under the open letter of Kinosoyuz «We are with you!» expressing support for the Ukrainian filmmakers.

    One of the most «fresh» the documentary filmmaker devoted to his Motherland – Ukraine. The picture is called «Home» and talks about relatives of Vitaly Mansky, who, after the famous revolutionary, and then military events in Ukraine found themselves on different sides of the barricades. The Premier was held at the Odessa film festival.

    In early 2015, Mansky and his family moved to Riga, where he lives today.

    Personal life

    It is known that the personal life of Vitaly Mansky has developed happily. His wife Natalia Mansky has been working as General Director of the Studio «Vertov». She is a faithful companion of her husband.

    Vitaly Mansky with his wife
    Vitaly Mansky with his wife | rgіm25.Gee

    The couple raised two daughters. The eldest of them – Pauline – culinary producer. She is a graduate of School-Studio of MKHAT. Junior nick is a talented designer and photographer.


    • 1991 — «Lenin’s Body»
    • 1993 — «Cutting another war»
    • 1996 — «Grace»
    • 2001 — «Gorbachev. After the Empire»
    • 2001 — «Yeltsin. Another life»
    • 2001 — «Putin. Leap year»
    • 2002 — «Broadway. Black sea»
    • 2008 — «Virginity»
    • 2009 — «Private Chronicles. Monologue»
    • 2015 — «In the sun»
    • 2015 — Native


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