Gate to Heaven

Directed by Jivan Avetisyan | Armenia 2020 | 91 min
Language: English, Armenian, German, French with Italian subtitles


Robert Sternvall (50), a German journalist, returns to Artsakh in 2016 to cover the war which has been reignited after a 22-year ceasefire. In the result of his journalistic investigation, Robert meets Sophia Marti (35), a young opera singer, who happens to be the daughter of missing photojournalist Edgar Martirosyan, whom Robert abandoned in captivity during the fall of the village of Talish in 1992. Robert and Sophia’s frequent rendezvouses ignite a passionate romance…

Richard Sammel, Tatiana Spivakova, Leonardas Pobedonoscevas, Naira Zakaryan
Artavazd Yeghiazaryan,
Mko Malkhasyan
Produttore (i)
Masis Baghdasaryan, Kestutis Drazdauskas
Cinematography by
Rytis Kurkulis
Music by:
Michele Josia
Film Editing by:
Eimantas Belickas

Jivan Avetisyan
In 2002-07, Jivan Avetisyan studied in the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema, Feature Films Directing Department. In 1996-97, he worked in Stepanakert Dramatical Theatre after V. Papazyan, and in 1998-99 – in Stepanakert TV as light engineer, then as TV programs director. In 2003-09, he worked at Yerkir Media TV as TV films and programs director, in 2009-2014 – as head director. In 2014, Jivan Avetisyan founded the Fish Eye Art Cultural Foundation and became its general manager. He filmed a number of short, documentary and feature films. His films Broken Childhood, Tevanik and the project of The Last Inhabitant were presented at Cannes Film Market, as well as received international awards.