ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV (Director/Writer): Born in Novosibirsk,
Russia. In 1990,
Zvyagintsev graduated from the acting program at the Russian University of
(GITIS), under the tutelage of Evgeny Lazarev. He went on to take part in
productions and had a few bit parts in TV shows and movies. In 2000, he made his
debut as a
director. In 2003, Zvyagintsev shot his first feature film, THE RETURN, which
became one of
the cinema sensations of the year. A debut not only for the director but for the
majority of the
crew as well, it was accepted for the main competition at the Venice Film
Festival, and won the
top prize, the Golden Lion. It also garnered the award for Best Debut, with the
sublime film about love, loss and coming of age."
His second film, THE BANISHMENT, was presented at the 60th Cannes Film
the lead, Konstantin Lavronenko, became the first Russian actor ever to receive
award for Best Actor.
The international premiere of Zvyagintsev's third film, ELENA, took place in
2011 at the 64th
Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize in the Un
His most recent film, LEVIATHAN, screened in Official Competition at the 67th
Festival and won the award for Best Screenplay. LEVIATHAN also became the first
film since 1969 to win a Golden Globe award and was nominated for the Academy
Foreign Language Film.
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