The Book
The Book

The Book

Director Vitaly Mansky

Production year 2014

Length 86min.

Country Russia


Thousand years ago in ancient Armenia St. Grigor Narekatsi wrote his “Book of Prayers” – the ever insightful revelation of man’s spiritual world. The hero of the film is a contemporary man living in the current world where the fundamental quest for the meaning of life is not on the agenda.


Vitaly Mansky
Vitaly Mansky



Fr. Mesrop Aramian, Arthur Dzhanibekyan


Vitaly Mansky, Fr. Mesrop Aramian

Director of Photography

Aleksandra Ivanova

Music by

Aleksandr Pantyukhin


Dmitry Nazarov


Andrei Paperniy

Production company(ies)

Vertov. Realnoye Kino

Vitaly Mansky

Vitaly Mansky is one of the most famous Russian documentary filmmakers. Graduated from VGIK (S. Medynsky’s studio). His debut in film was in 1989. Director of more than 30 films, producer of more than 200 projects. His films have been participated in many IFFs, including Cannes, Amsterdam, San Sebastian, Oberhausen, San Francisco, Locarno, Munich, Montreal, Turin, Tampere, Cracow, Yamagata, Sheffield, Rio De Janeiro, etc. Vitaly Mansky movies have been awarded of more than 30 prizes, and demonstrated in leading TV channels in Russia, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Israel, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, and other countries. In 1995, together with producer Natalia Manskaya he collected and preserved a unique archive of amateur private chronicles. Since 1996, Vitaly Mansky popularizes documentary film on TV. He was the creator and author of Real Cinema on the 1st Russian TV Channel. At the same year he became the head of cinema service, and then the general producer of the new channel REN - TV. 1999-2003 Vitaly Mansky became a head of production and showing of documentaries public channel Russia - RTR. Since 2000, Mansky is the general producer of the National Award for Documentary Film and Television Laurel Branch. Since 2006, President of documentary film festival Artdokfest.


Jewish Happiness (1990), Love sketches (trilogy, 1991-95), Private Chronicles. Monologue (1999), Broadway. Black Sea (2002), Gagarin's Pioneers (2005), Tender's Heat: Wild Wild Beach (2005), Virginity (2008), Sunrise/Sunset. Dalai Lama XIV (2008), Homeland or Death (2011), Pipeline (2013), The Eternal Light (2014, short), The Book (2014).

FILMS 2014