Biography of Andrei Zvyagintsev

Andrei Petrovich Zvyagintsev is a Russian director, author of the films “Exile”, “Return”, “Elena”, “Leviathan”, and “Nelyubov”, which is already called the successor of the traditions of Andrei Tarkovsky. In his films, he invariably addresses the topic of the sufferings of the human race, often through biblical allusions.
Director Andrey ZvyagintsevDirector Andrey Zvyagintsev

Childhood and family of Andrei Zvyagintsev

Born in Novosibirsk, the first few months of his life, Andrei was in the village of Novomikhailovka. His parents divorced, and 5-year-old Andrei remained to live with his mother, a school teacher of the Russian language and literature.
Children's photo of Andrey ZvyagintsevChildren's photo of Andrey Zvyagintsev
Zvyagintsev was interested in art and literature from his school years. At 16, he enrolled in the theater studio of Lev Belov at the Novosibirsk Youth Theater. Later, Belov scored his course on the basis of this studio in the place of the drama school, where Andrew was admitted.
Sophomore, he played a major role in the theater in the production of "I do not remember."Ending school, Andrew has already been involved in the performances of "Accelerati", "No One Believes" Andrei received a diploma from the college in 1984. He stayed in the TJU. Soon he was drafted into the army. The service took place in the Novosibirsk military ensemble, where Zvyagintsev was an entertainer. Together with the ensemble, he performed at concerts in different garrisons.
In 1986, returning from the army, Andrei made the decision to go to Moscow. He entered GITIS, hitting the course of Vladimir Levertov and Yevgeny Lazarev. There he studied at the acting department.
In the diploma performance of the play Turgenev Zvyagintsev played the role of Gorsky. It was the 1990th year. In the theater graduate GITIS decided not to go.

Beginning of the career of actor Andrei Zvyagintsev, filmography

Sometimes Andrei starred in television series in episodes, filmed ads. The actor starred in the TV series “We'll Meet”, “Goryachev and Others”, “Kamenskaya”, and was also involved in the films “Shirley Myrli” and “Kitten”. For the decade spent in Moscow, he took part only in two enterprise performances. In 1993, it was the play “The Game of Hopscotch”, and in 1997, the play “Month in the Country”.As Zvyagintsev himself admitted in an interview, in the nineties there was a time when he did not even have enough money to travel to the subway.
Director Andrei Zvyagintsev has many awards for his films.Director Andrei Zvyagintsev has many awards for his films.
Zvyagintsev attracted the attention of commercials, which he shot. It should be noted that he created advertising without directing education. Dmitry Lesnevsky, who at that time was the producer of the Ren TV television channel, is the very man with whose filing the whole world soon recognized Zvyagintsev.

Directorial debut of Andrei Zvyagintsev

On Ren TV, Andrew made his debut as a director. He made a film within the framework of a cycle called “The Black Room”. These were the short stories "Choice", "Bushido" and "Obscure".
About the film "The Return" Zvyagintsev
In 2003, viewers were able to evaluate the full-length picture of Zvyagintsev. He called her "The Return." As it was later noted by critics, the plot develops slowly. In the movie, many close-ups and landscapes. This is unusual for modern cinema. However, the director said in an interview that he feels the world this way, he feels such vital rhythms. This Zvyagintsev and sought to show the viewer, so that sitting in front of the screen, people feel that this is how life flows.
"Cinema in detail" about the movie "Exile."
Critics and distributors in advance dubbed this picture non-rolling, considering that it will not be interesting for a wide audience. However, only in the first two weeks of hire two hundred sixty thousand dollars were raised. The budget was less than half a million dollars.
The director is considered a phenomenon, since, having released his first full-length film, he received two Golden Lions for him and was nominated for an Oscar. Thirty-two countries purchased the painting.
So "Return" was the film sensation of the year. The director for this picture at world festivals received twenty-eight awards. “Return” was watched by viewers of seventy-three countries.

Andrei Zvyagintsev's film “Exile”

The next film Zvyagintsev shot in the 2007th year. His name is "Exile." Critics again reacted favorably to the director's work. The picture was recognized as the best film of the Russian program at the Moscow Festival.
Andrey Zvyagintsev - Mystery [Experiment 5ive]
The main role was played by Konstantin Lavronenko. The actor in Cannes for this role received the "Golden Palm". This male role was recognized as the best film festival.It should be noted that Lavronenko played in the first film of Zvyagintsev - in “Return”.
In 2011, the year Zvyagintsev shot his third picture. This is the social drama "Elena". The premiere took place at the Canadian festival. The director received the prize "Special Look". Also, this directorial work was marked by the Sundance Film Festival.
Director Andrei Zvyagintsev today is working on new filmsDirector Andrei Zvyagintsev today is working on new films
In 2014, the film “Leviathan” was released, which caused a great resonance in society, which became the owner of the Golden Palm branch of the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category. Elena Lyadova, Alexey Serebryakov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov and others were involved in the leading roles.
This is a story about the inhabitants of the village beyond the Arctic Circle (the shooting took place in the village of Teriberka, Murmansk region). The main character is an auto mechanic who honestly works and brings up a son from his first wife. At one point, his life breaks down: his wife cheats on him with his friend, the son accuses him of hating his late mother, and a local bureaucrat has attempted on his home and land, ready to fabricate a criminal case for the sake of a real estate tidbit.
Frame from the movie Zvyagintsev "Leviathan"Frame from the movie Zvyagintsev "Leviathan"
After the premiere of "Leviathan", the audience divided into two camps. Someone accused the director of hatred of Russia, but the majority still agreed that Zvyagintsev only exposed the Russian realities: flourishing corruption, a dying province, hopelessness and the insignificance of the life of an ordinary citizen.

Andrey Zvyagintsev's personal life

The director for six years was married to actress Irina Grineva. Now Grineva is married again; her husband - figure skater Maxim Shabalin.
Irina Grineva, former wife of the director ZvyagintsevIrina Grineva, former wife of the director Zvyagintsev
The second wife of the director - editor Anna Matveeva. In 2009, the couple had a son, Peter.
In the photo: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Anna MatveyevaIn the photo: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Anna Matveyeva
In September 2018, the media reported on the Zvyagintsev divorce. Since the director leads a secluded life, the information got into the press through third parties.

Andrey Zvyagintsev now

In 2017, Zvyagintsev's film “Nelyubov” was awarded the jury prize of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. In the center of the plot - a married couple, whose relationship failed. Both are trying to find happiness in new relationships, but their common son, 12-year-old Alyosha, does not stand up to such a life and once runs away from home.
"Dislike". Film Andrei Zvyagintsev. Trailer
On the creation of the film Zvyagintsev was inspired by the film "Scenes from matrimonial life" of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

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