Siberiada : Prix spécial du Jury au Festival de Cannes, 1979
Director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY has enjoyed equally distinguished directing careers for both the stage
and screen. His best-known film credits range from international pictures such as Uncle Vanya, based on the Chekhov play and regarded as one of the best Russian
films, and House of Fools, a Russian-French co-production about an asylum along the Russian-Chechnya
border, to such popular English language fare as Runaway Train, which earned three Academy Award® nominations, Maria’s Lovers, Duet for One and Shy People.
He has earned acclaim for such landmark television epics as The Odyssey, for which he won an Emmy Award as best director, and Lion in Winter, which received a Golden Globe Award for costumes, as well as multiple Emmy awards and nominations.
Born in Moscow, Konchalovsky studied music in his youth, becoming a skilled pianist, before enrolling in the cinema program at VGIK – the major state film school, where he studied under Mikhail Romm. His debut feature film, The First Teacher, based on the book by Chingis Aitmatov, concerned post-1917 southern Russia. His subsequent films include The Story of Asya Klyachina, which was held back from release until 1988 because of government censorship, and received the Russian academy award for best picture, A Nest of Gentry, Romance for Lovers, and Sibiriade, a
realistic portrayal of the lives of the people of Siberia
which earned international acclaim and brought him Konchalovsky’s much-anticipated cin
ematic adaptation of the traditional
fairytale, The Nutcracker in 3D. This
musical CGI-spectacular featured Elle
Fanning in the role of little Mary, as well
as Nathan Lane, Richard E Grant and
John Turturro in the principal roles. Lyrics were provided by Academy Award®
winner Sir Tim Rice. In the same year,
Konchalovsky also featured in, Hitler in
Hollywood, a bio-doc about Micheline
Presle. This mockumentary thriller uncovers Hollywood’s unsuspected plot
against the European motion picture
industry. The film won the FIPRESCI
Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and picked up a Crystal Globe nomination in July, 2010.
In 2012, Konchalovsky wrote, directed and produced
Battle for Ukraine, which provided an in depth analy
sis of how Ukraine to this day struggles to escape from
the close embrace of its former big brother, Russia.
This extensive study lasted for almost three years and
involved an array of Ukrainian, Russian and American
historians, politicians and journalists, as well as the
ex-President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski, the
ex-President of Slovakia Rudolf Schuster, the ex-President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze, the seventh
Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,
the ex-Prime Minister of Russia Viktor Chernomyrdin,
and the businessman Boris Berezovsky.
2013, saw Konchalovsky co-produce a story previously untold on film. Film-maker Margy Kinmonth
invited HRH The Prince of Wales to make a journey
through history to celebrate the artistic gene in his
family and reveal an extraordinary treasure trove of
work by royal hands past and present, many of whom were accomplished artists.
The Postman’s White Nights is Konchalovsky’s latest achievement, having been selected to screen In
Competition at the Venice Film Festival, 2014.
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