Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Mansky was born in 1963 in Lviv, Ukraine.

Mansky graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and began his career as a cinematographer. These films were presented at more than 500 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

In the 1990s, he segued to working as a director for Russian television, where he specialized in documentary films. Mansky went on to direct independent documentaries, including the critically acclaimed Under The Sun, Pipeline, and Putin's Witnesses.

Vitaly Mansky is the Prize-winner of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Awards, of the medal of the Russian Rosaviakosmos "Golubaya Planeta" (Blue Planet); he is an Academician of the Cinema Academy "NIKA", a member of the Russian Cinema Academy "TEFI", Academician of the Eurasian Academy of Cinema and Radio, Deputy Chief of Russian Film Union, General Producer of the National Film Award "Lavrovaya Vetv" (Laurel Branch), and President of the Moscow Documentary Films Festival "ARTDOKFEST"

Since 2014 he has been living with his family in exile in Latvia.

Icarus Films is proud to distribute five of Vitaly Mansky's films. Discover more of our featured filmmakers.


Soviet-born Ukrainian director Vitaly Mansky explores Ukraine after the Maidan revolution.

Vitaly Mansky | 2016 | 114 minutes | Color | Russian; Ukrainian | English subtitles

6 months on the front line of war with a Ukranian medical unit.

Vitaly Mansky and Yevhen Titarenko | 2023 | 98 minutes | Color | Russian; Ukrainian | English subtitles

Director Vitaly Mansky's portrait of the storied Soviet leader Mikail Gorbachev. Here, he presents his final testimony.

Vitaly Mansky | 2021 | 100 minutes | Color | Russian | English subtitles

Director Vitaly Mansky ("Under the Sun") documents Russian President Vladimir Putin's rise to power.

Vitaly Mansky | 2021 | 102 minutes | Color | Russian | English subtitles

A fascinating portrait of one North Korean girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children's Union on Kim Jong-Il's birthday.

Vitaly Mansky | 2016 | 110 minutes | Color | English; Korean | English subtitles