Andrey Zvyagintsev

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  • Name: Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ( Andrey Zvyagintsev )
  • Date of birth: 6 February 1964
  • Age: 52 years
  • Place of birth: Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Height: 177
  • Activity: film Director, screenwriter, actor
  • Marital status: married

    Andrey Zvyagintsev: the biography

    15 years ago the biography of Andrei Zvyagintsev was not of interest to the General public and journalists. The story of the now famous Director started in Novosibirsk. The next few months the boy lived in the village of novomykhailivka where his mother is interned. Parental family broke up, and at the age of five, Andrew was left without a father. Mom continued to teach at the school of Russian language and literature.

    Art and literature have captured a young man from my school years. Until the age of sixteen he was engaged in a theatrical Studio of Lev Belov in youth Theatre. Later Zvyagintsev was enrolled in a course Belov, who organized the school of drama. Already in the second year the young man has played a major role in the production of «don’t remember». The debut was successful, and by the end of the study he was involved in several films, where she played the main role, in particular: «no One will believe», «Accelerates».

    Andrey Zvyagintsev
    Andrey Zvyagintsev | News Omsk

    In 1984, Andrew has successfully finished the course and decided to stay in theatre for young audiences. The age of conscription do not have to wait long. The guy got a summons to the army. Travel far was not necessary, Zvyagintsev were identified in the Novosibirsk military ensemble as an entertainer. The orchestra was preparing the speeches, who later presented the different garrisons.

    In 1986, the actor decided to pursue a career. With this thought Andrew left Novosibirsk and went to Moscow. On arrival in the capital filed documents to GITIS, where he was enrolled in a course to E. Lazarus and St. Levertov. On the defense of the thesis in 1990, the future Director, put the film «Leviathan», was played by Maxim Gorky in the play based on the play by the great Russian writer and playwright Ivan Turgenev.

    After receiving a diploma from the state Institute of theatrical art, Andrey Zvyagintsev chose not to pursue a theatrical career. According to him, instead of the art theatre produced «product viewer».


    Professional career of Andrei Zvyagintsev began with a performance of a cameo role in a TV films and commercials. Prior to that, he tried to write scripts and stories, but to achieve a proper result, he could not. The following years filmography Zvyagintsev began to rapidly expand. Fascinated by the film industry, Andrew began to scrutinize the retrospectives of prominent Directors: Kurasawa, Godard, Bergman and Antonion at the Museum movie.

    Andrey Zvyagintsev
    Andrey Zvyagintsev | Movie-Theater

    Moscow does not believe in tears. Did not hesitate Zvyagintsev profession of a janitor, which gave the opportunity to use the service housing in the vicinity of the Mayakovsky theater. A temporary residence Andrew was a former noble house. The old, dilapidated mansion in 1825 had a room in 50 squares, where the filmmaker worked, organized personal life.

    On the eve of the Millennium in 2000 saw the debut of Andrei Zvyagintsev as a Director. Television channel Ren TV presented the debut of the film’s novice writer and Director. Within the TV series, the audience watched a short novel «Obscure» and «Choice». In 2003, appeared on the screens feature film Zvyagintsev «the Return» with bright, topical storyline.

    The plot was aimed at the demonstration of true human life. With a long, unhurried shots of landscapes and close-UPS were evaluated ambiguously. Critics noted that such an interpretation is not peculiar to modernity, which Zvyagintsev said he feels a world like this, and the rhythm of life is similar to the plot.

    In his feature-length film the Director promoted the goal is to show off the screen to the viewer a real life. The film so impressed the audience that a year later released a photo collection by Vladimir Mishukov, working on set photographer.

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    In the film «Return» | Official website

    Unfavourable forecasts of film critics and the distributors have not come true. Two weeks in the theaters box office exceeded 260 thousand dollars in the budget of the film less than half a million. Zvyagintsev has named a phenomenal Director. Indeed, unrecognized by critics, the film won 2 awards at the same time, «Gold lion», was nominated for the international prize «Oscar» and is running in cinemas in 32 countries.

    In the end, the film Zvyagintsev «the Return» became a sensation, winning 28 awards at international film festivals, the Director’s work appreciated by the audience of 73 countries.

    The next breakthrough in the film industry was the film in 2007 — a psychological picture «the Exile», which won the favor of critics without predictions for the future. Immediately after the shooting, the author filed an application in Cannes to present the film to the audience. In the framework of the Cannes film festival the film was awarded the Palme d’or in the category «best male role», also recognized as the best picture at the Moscow film festival. The main role in this production was played by actor Konstantin Lavronenko, who had previously collaborated with Andrew in the movie «the Return».

    In 2011, the screens out another successful film already acclaimed Director Andrei Zvyagintsev. Social drama film «Elena» was presented in Cannes, where the artist received the special prize «UN certain regard», and was later observed at the other festival «Sandens». The film became the best work of the year, winning the award «Golden eagle» and «Nika». However, the most loud and really noisy work was ahead — the film «Leviathan», presented to the audience in 2014.


    The film «Leviathan» by Andrei Zvyagintsev is a modern interpretation of the biblical character of job. The dramatic story of our time based on biblical character and tells the story of a man whose life is consumed by the state and the bureaucracy. After a successful assault on the Cannes film festival and the award «Golden globe» picture nominated for «Oscar».

    In the film played by outstanding actors and Actresses of theatre and cinema of Russia: Alexey Serebryakov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Elena Lyadova. In Russia, the storm of criticism did not die for a long time. The picture literally blew up social media and news columns. Showered with criticism from officials and Orthodox churches.

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    Andrey Zvyagintsev at Cannes | Gossip

    The fate of the film until the last moment was kept in the dark, «Leviathan» is not allowed in cinemas. As noted by Andrey Zvyagintsev, «apparently the film was in the very center, in the heart, exactly where were supposed to get».

    In January, a pirated copy of «Leviathan» came into the net and counted 1 500 000 downloads. The reaction of the audience for the film has caused much discussion and so popularized the tape, even the author himself, and the team didn’t expect such a rush. More than 650 cinemas invited to the film demonstration in cinema halls.

    Personal life

    The first wife of Andrei Zvyagintsev became an actress Irina Grineva. After divorce the former spouses made the personal life. Irina Grineva married figure skater Maxim Shabalin and Zvyagintsev met Anna Matveeva, who bore him a son Peter.

    Irina Grineva and Anna Matveeva
    Irina Grineva and Anna Matveeva

    Other children of Andrew no.


    In the filmography of Andrei Zvyagintsev has 7 directorial projects. The Director has won many awards from 2003 to 2015

    • «The black room» three stories — «Busido», «OBSCURE» and «Selection»)
    • «The return»
    • «The exile»
    • «The Apocrypha», a short that was originally part of the anthology «new York, I love you.»
    • «Mystery», short films, part of film almanac «Experiment 5IVE»
    • Elena
    • «Leviathan»

    Andrey Zvyagintsev today

    Last autumn, Andrey Zvyagintsev was supported by Konstantin Raikin, taking part in a dialogue with filmmakers on the topic of criticism of prominent theater Director, expressing his unflattering opinion in relation to the activities of the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

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    Andrey Zvyagintsev | tvnz

    Now Andrey Zvyagintsev captured cinematic activities in the framework of the competition «Rec», where together with the actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite is the seat of a member of the jury.


    Andrey Zvyagintsev

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