Gate to Heaven

Feature Film (2019) – Fish eye Art Cultural Foundation’s third full-length feature film is Gate to Heaven (drama, melodrama). The film is primarily in English but also includes English subtitles when spoken in Armenian, French, and German. Richard Sammel (Germany) and Tatiana Spivakova (France) play the lead roles. Sos Janibekyan (Armenia), Naira Zakaryan (US), Leonardas Pobedonoscevas (Lithuania), Nina Kronjager (Germany), Benedict Freitag (Switzerland), play the supporting roles. The premiere was held in Armenia on October 17, 2019 with over 600 attendees. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanyan were in attendance.

International Sales Agent Early Spring of 2020 the team teamed up with MPM Premium International Sales of France to participate in the Gate to Heaven’s Virtual Screening of Cannes Marché du Film.  MPM Premium has received numerous leads across the globe, including the US, finding interest in distribution and sales.

Composer Michele Josia – Our talented composer, Michele Josia of Italy, swept two incredible awards for his beautifully composed soundtrack, Silver Medal – Outstanding Achievement “Regarding the Controversial and Critical Acclaimed Film.” Michele’s second recognition comes as a finalist for “Best Score of the Month” at the TMA – American Tracks Music Award.

Co-Production – Produced by Fish eye Art Cultural Foundation (Armenia), Artbox Production House (Lithuania), 7 Morgen Filmproduktion (Germany), Glaam Media Invest (France), ARTsakh Arts and Cultural Foundation (USA), Timeless Production Group (Bulgaria), The Lab – a Media Production Company (Czech Republic) and Ala Bianca SRL (Italy).

Moscow International Film Festival – Selected at Moscow International Film Festival Non-Competition Category. The creators of the film received an official letter by the Festival Director six hours after the Artsakh war began and stated in order to avoid clashes between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in Moscow” as a “precautionary measure linked directly to Karabakh,” the festival is cancelling Gate to Heaven’s participation in the program . This was reported by Kirill Razlogov, the festival’s director of programming. The team also received conflicting information that the film is being removed from the official program due to the political pressures received by Azerbaijani government officials.  Within few weeks of the Moscow Film Festival, the Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia took place which the festival launched the project “Dedication to Artsakh” and Gate to Heaven was screened during the program. All proceeds of the program were donated to Artsakh.

Cinema for Peace – December 2020, Cinema for Peace Foundation in Berlin hosted a unique Virtual Screening of Gate to Heaven and Conference for Peace on Nagorno Karabakh. Lead actor – Richard Sammel from Germany and Producer Kestutis Drazdauskas from Lithuania and Executive Producer Adrineh Mirzayan from the US served as panelists and discussed topics such as the response of the international community, the role of civil society organizations in peacekeeping, and the role of filmmakers, human rights experts and EU politicians.

Las Cruces International Film Festival – The accolades continue with Gate to Heaven as the film has been selected in the Official Selection at the Las Cruces International Film Festival, which will take place the first week of March 2021.


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…

Time 91 minutes

Language English, German, French, and Armenian (Artsakhian dialect)

Country Armenia and Lithuania


Richard Sammel (Germany), Tatiana Spivakova (France),  Sos Janibekyan (Armenia), Leonardas Pobedonoscevas (Lithuania), Naira Zakaryan (USA), Nina Kronjäger (Germany), Benedict Freitag (Germany), Armen Sargsyan (Armenia)


Jivan Avetisyan (Director),  Artavazd Yeghiazaryan (Scriptwriter), Mko Malkhasyan (Co-Scriptwriter), Masis Baghdasaryan (Producer), Kestutis Drazdauskas (Co-Producer), Adrineh Mirzayan (Executive Producer),  Yvette Amirian, ACE (Editing Consultant), Zarina Karakhanova (Make-Up), Syuzanna Poghosyan (Costumes), Sevakn Baghdasaryan and Jurgita Gerdvilaite (Art Directors), Rytis Kurkulis (Director of Photography), Michele Josia (Composer), Narine Voskanyan (Line Producer), Arthur Chalekian and Garo Madenlian (Supervisor Producers)

In Cooperation With

7 Morgen Filmproduktion of Germany  and Glaam Media Invest of France

Financial Support By

Artsakh Arts & Cultural Foundation of USA, Hirair And Anna Hovnanian Foundation of USA, National Cinema Center of Armenia, and Swiss South Caucasus Foundation of Switzerland

In Association With

Artdeluxe Gmbh of Austria, Associazione Blue Knowledge of Italy

Post- Production With

Timeless Production Group of Bulgaria, The Lab – A Media Production Company of Czech Republic, and Ala Bianca S.R.L. of Italy