Andrei Konchalovsky

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  • Name: Andrei Konchalovsky ( Andrey Konchalovskiy )
  • Date of birth: 20 August 1937
  • Age: 79 years
  • Place of birth: Moscow
  • Growth: 183
  • Activities: Director, screenwriter, producer
  • Family: Married Julia Vysotskaya

    Andrei Konchalovsky biography

    Konchalovsky, Andrei Sergeevich – one of the most famous film Directors and screenwriters in the U.S. and Russia. The President of the Academy «Nika», people’s artist of the RSFSR, wrote in his career, the 34 scenario 6 books and over 100 articles. In the role of Director Andrey Konchalovsky took 27 films and put a lot of mass performances 8 performances, including five operas.

    Andrei Konchalovsky
    Andrei Konchalovsky

    Born Andrei Konchalovsky, 20 August 1937 in the well-known family Mikhalkov, the creative roots of which originate a few centuries ago. His parents honored workers of Russia. Sergei Mikhalkov, a well-known author of the popularly beloved children’s stories about uncle Stepa and anthems of the USSR and Russia, and Natalia Konchalovsky, the Russian writer that went down in history as the author of the historical Russian literature of the book «Our ancient capital». In the family of Andrei Konchalovsky’s younger brother Nikita Mikhalkov, who currently is also a legend of the national cinema.

    Andrei Konchalovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov
    Andrei Konchalovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov

    Many American experts have repeatedly surprised to the fact that two of the most famous Russian Director linked by ties of kinship. Konchalovsky talked about the fact that they are the best brothers Mikhalkov, but still belonged to the younger «from the position of brute force».

    Andrei Konchalovsky in his youth
    Andrei Konchalovsky in his youth

    Since childhood, parents instilled in the boy a love of music, because in this area, he showed special talents, but when the situation changed. Along with learning in the secondary school the young Andrew studied at the music school, and after graduation he entered the music College at the Moscow Observatory. Over time, the desire for music from a guy gradually faded, and the biography of Andrei Konchalovsky abruptly changed creative direction. He enrolled in VGIK on Director’s faculty, who successfully graduated in 1964.

    Movies and directing

    The first film by Andrei Konchalovsky’s «the Boy and the dove», was awarded the prize «Bronze lion» at the Venice film festival of children’s films, the young Director made as a student. In addition, during the period of studying at VGIK talented guy became friends with Andrei Tarkovsky, with which the creative Duo wrote your successful scenario of the movie «the steamroller and the violin, Ivan’s childhood», «Andrei Rublev».

    Andrei Tarkovsky and Andrei Konchalovsky

    In 1967, the Director decided on a unique experiment in the history of Russian cinema, creating a picture of «the Story of Asya Klacina who loved, but not married». In this film the cast consisted almost entirely of novice artists. Then a film about «real life» were subjected to ruthless adjustments censors and was banned for screening. Only 20 years later, Konchalovsky managed to recover the author’s copy of the painting and after a favorable assessment of the critics to release it in the car.

    Still from the film
    Still from the film «the Story of Asya Klacina who loved, but not married»

    In 1970, Andrei Konchalovsky made the film «Uncle Vanya», which attracted a stellar cast, the team included legendary actors Innokenty Smoktunovsky and Sergei Bondarchuk. Then there were several well-known works, the film «Romance for lovers», «Sibiriada», «Blood and sweat».

    In 1980, the life of a talented Director-screenwriter has occurred two important events – Andrei Konchalovsky was awarded the title people’s artist of Russia and he has left the country, went to live in the United States. In Hollywood he had to go through a thorny path to fame, as in a foreign land is not particularly warmly greeted by the Russian film Director, but this does not prevent the specialist to remove a lot of successful films: «runaway Train,» «Duet for soloist», «Modest people», «Homer and Eddie». The first «American film» Konchalovsky has brought a number of prestigious awards.

    In 1989, the famous Director shot a real American action movie «tango and cash», the main role which was played by Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. After that, he decided to return to Russia and continue his career at home. For the short period it takes several successful films: «the inner circle», «hen», as well as the continuation of «the History of ASI Lacinai».

    In 1997, Andrei Konchalovsky made a movie «Odysseus» became the most expensive project in television history. In the picture I have invested about $ 40 million. Premiere at the XX Moscow International film Festival had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from critics who called the film «Odyssey» the greatest event of the festival. In this thesis, the Creator of the picture received the highest TV award of the USA-«Emmy».

    In 2007, followed by another triumphant film by Director Konchalovsky’s «gloss», after that was filmed the modern movie «the Nutcracker» in 3D. Also in 2009, Andrew S. acted as co-producer for the film «Last Sunday», which was nominated for the award «Oscar-2009».

    In addition to working in film Andrei Konchalovsky staged several great productions on the Russian and foreign theatrical stages. Famous theatrical works of the writer-Director has of the play and the Opera «the Seagull», «Eugene Onegin», «Queen of spades», «War and peace», «King Lear» and «the Three sisters».

    Andrei Konchalovsky
    Andrei Konchalovsky

    In 2012 Andrei Konchalovsky celebrated its 75th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of creative activity. For this event he prepared retroperspective their success, it included 17 films. In 2013, Andrei Konchalovsky was elected President of the Russian film Academy «Nika». One of the last works of the Director was the painting «White nights postman Alexei Trapezina», for which the author received the honorary prize of the «Silver lion» for best Director.

    The Film «Paradise»

    The film «Paradise» is the last major work by Konchalovsky. This film was one of the main nominees for the award «Oscar», being in 2016, the short list prize of the American Academy of motion picture arts and Sciences in the category «Best foreign film».

    The action of the film takes place during world war II. The film tells about the fate of the characters who take part in the war on the side of the French Resistance, trying to defeat the Nazi invaders. The film tells about the fate of people who lived in this terrible time, their struggle, the desire to be free. Russian immigrant Olga, a French collaborator Jules and the German helmet is a high-ranking SS officer, is the main character’s actions. The role of Olga was played by Julia Vysotskaya (wife of Andrei Konchalovsky). Most viewers believe that this role will be for Yulia the beginning of successful activities in the acting field.

    Andrei Konchalovsky and Julia Vysotskaya at the Venice film festival
    Andrei Konchalovsky and Julia Vysotskaya at the Venice film festival

    The announcement of the film was held in September 2016 during a screening at the Venice film festival. In Italy Andrei Konchalovsky received the first award for directing this film. Many critics are already predicting this movie a huge success on the European screens.

    In 2016 in the series «books about me» the audience remember Frank conversation with Andrei Konchalovsky, the famous journalist and publicist Dmitry Bykov. Many disliked the reflections of the famous Director about various events and personalities.

    Personal life

    Personal life of Andrei Konchalovsky is very bright and rapid. Favorite women – a special Chapter in the fate of a celebrity. Almost every next film from Director-screenwriter has been associated with a new romance novel. In all her life, a legend of Russian and foreign cinema was officially married five times.

    Andrei Konchalovsky and Irina Candid
    Andrei Konchalovsky and Irina Candid

    His first wife, the young ballerina Irina Candid Konchalovsky was married in 1957, the Union lasted about two years. The second wife of the Director was Natalia Arinbasarova, who bore him in 1966, son, Yegor. In the future Egor Konchalovsky will be known by the Creator of the films.

    Andrei Konchalovsky and Natalya Arinbasarova

    After that, the heart of the admirer of female beauty has won the Polish actress Beata Tyszkiewicz. It is the love affair with polka became the cause of divorce Konchalovsky and she.

    In 1969, the talented Director is married to French Vivian Godet. She bore the Director a daughter Alexandra, married to someone Konchalovsky was having Affairs with other Actresses – Liv Ullmann and Shirley MacLaine. In 1987 Andrei Konchalovsky married for the fourth time. His wife was Irene Moore, the announcer on the TV. She bore him two daughters, Elena and Natalia. In addition to the official marriage of the master of the national cinema had many mistresses, one of whom bore him an illegitimate daughter, Daria. In her life Konchalovsky takes an active part.

    Julia Vysotskaya and Andrei Konchalovsky
    Julia Vysotskaya and Andrei Konchalovsky

    With the fifth wife of Director met in 1998 at the festival «Kinotavr». His choice was Julia. Despite the difference in age at 36 years old, and inconsistency in the relations of the famous Director-writer, the marriage of Julia Vysotsky and Andrei Konchalovsky is called a model family life. Julia bore her husband two more children – daughter Mary and son Peter. Older children Konchalovsky gave the father of eight grandchildren.

    Road accident in France

    In October 2013, the family Konchalovsky was a terrible tragedy. In an accident in France, was seriously injured daughter Masha.

    It is known that the accident occurred through the fault of Andrei Konchalovsky, because while driving the vehicle he lost control, and the daughter was not wearing a seat belt. Only until may 2014, the daughter Konchalovsky was filed, the chances of recovery and returning to normal life. His daughter was in a coma for a long time. After a successful operation in March 2015, the girl can breathe.

    Andrei Konchalovsky and Julia Vysotskaya with her daughter Mary and son Peter
    Andrei Konchalovsky and Julia Vysotskaya with her daughter Mary and son Peter

    From the latest news about the daughter of Konchalovsky, we can conclude that she will be a rather long process of recovery. Currently, Mary moved to the family home, where at home trying to overcome the consequences of a terrible accident under the permanent care of doctors who rely on the youth was seriously injured daughter Konchalovsky. The family has not yet given official comments concerning the state of health of his daughter.


    Filmography of Andrei Konchalovsky takes its origins from the very birth of Russian cinema and to the present day includes many well-known films. A successful creative Director, screenwriter can be called the Russian and American paintings:

    • «The story of Asya Klacina who loved, but not married»
    • «Uncle Vanya»
    • «The fan»
    • «Romance of the lovers»
    • «Slave of love»
    • «Blood and sweat»
    • «Sibiriada»
    • «Shy people»
    • «Homer and Eddie»
    • «Tango and cash»
    • «Hen»
    • «Gloss»
    • «Last Sunday»
    • «White nights postman Tryapitsyna»
    • «Paradise»


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