Andrey Zvyagintsev

About Andrey Zvyagintsev

Who is it?: Director, Actor, Writer
Birth Day: February 06, 1964
Native name: Андре́й Петро́вич Звя́гинцев
Occupation: Film director, screenwriter
Years active: 2000–present

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrey Zvyagintsev was born on February 06, 1964, is Director, Actor, Writer. Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the northern city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - with the ambition to star in movies. Moscow was not welcoming to a newcomer in film acting. As Znyagintsev put it later: "I was hungry, in need of work, I auditioned for everything. I even did not have money to buy a bus ticket." From 1992 to 2000 he appeared as 'extra' in numerous TV series' and feature films but with no positive experiences. Suddenly a friend offered him a job as director at REN TV, an independent production company that makes cop shows and day-time soaps. Zvyagintsev directed several episodes for a popular TV series and impressing producers with his skills. He got the offer to direct the feature length film Vozvrashchenie (2003) - a low-budget family drama that turned out to become a major success and an international critical triumph. The film won the Golden Lion at the 'Venice International Film Festival' in 2003. When Zvyagintsev returned to Moscow, he was given a hero's welcome, because it was the first Russian film since Urga (1991) to win this honour. Since this early international success Andrei Zvyagintsev has continued to write and direct short films and the award-winning feature films Izgnanie (2007), Elena (2011) and Leviafan (2014), shooting in exotic locations in Russia, Moldova, France, Belgium and the USA. Especially the controversial "Leviathan (2014)" became an international sensation: Zvyangintsev won the 'Best Screenplay' award at the 'Cannes International Film Festival' 2014, the 'Golden Globe' for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' and was nominated for an Academy Award for 'Best Foreign Language Film' in 2015. With only 4 feature films to date Andrei Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema.
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Occupation Director
Age 59 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 06, 1964 ()
Birthday February 06

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Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia. At the age of 20 in 1984, he graduated from the drama school in Novosibirsk as an actor. Since 1986, he has lived in Moscow where he continued his studies at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts until 1990. From 1992 to 2000, he worked as an actor for film and theater. In 2000, he began to work for the TV station REN TV and directed three episodes of the television series The Black Room.


He directed his first feature film The Return (2003), which received several awards, including a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His second feature film The Banishment (2007) premiered at its year's Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Palme d'Or. This was followed by "Apocrypha" (2008), a short segment for the film New York, I Love You. The segment was eventually cut from the film's theatrical release but is included on the DVD.


Elena (2011), again premiered at Cannes, in the Un Certain Regard section, receiving the festival's Jury Prize.


Leviathan (2014) was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section for its year at Cannes, where Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin won the award for Best Screenplay for the film. Leviathan won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. It also won the award for Best Film at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2015, Zvyagintsev was a jury President of the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival.


His most recent film Loveless (2017) won the Jury Prize at Cannes in May 2017. It later won the Best Film at the 2017 London Film Festival, making him the second Director to have won the award twice, having previously been honoured for Leviathan.. In November 2017, the film won three awards at the Golden Unicorn Awards in London: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress. Loveless was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Zvyagintsev won the Achievement in Directing award at the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Loveless. In March 2018, Loveless won the César Award for Best Foreign Film, making Zvyagintsev the first Russian Director to have won this award.

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