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Mamin, Yuri

Born: 8 May 1946 (Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Russia (former Soviet Union))
Mamin studied music formally from childhood and later studied piano and composition in musical professional school. In 1970, he graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography, department of film and stage directing (class of Prof. L. F. Makariev). He served in the Soviet Army. Mamin staged and composed music for theatre productions in provincial theatres. He also staged variety shows and concerts. For 15 years he headed the Students Theatre of the Leningrad Railway Engineering Institute, garnering prizes in many All-Russia contests and student festivals. In 1976, he came to Lenfilm Feature Film Studio where he began his carrier as an assistant director and worked on pictures by I. Averbakh, S. Aranovich, V. Aristov. In 1980, he entered the Higher Two-year Course in film directing of the State Committee on Cinema of the USSR, a workshop headed by E. Riasanov. His graduation film was a short feature "Wishing You" (2 reels).
Yuri Mamin's first full-length feature, the comedy "Neptune Holiday" (1986) made him widely popular overnight at home and won several major prizes at international festivals.

His second feature "Fountain" (Delit de fuites) was released in 1988 and won numerous major awards at Russian and international festivals. It was sold for foreign theatre and TV distribution. In 1990, Mamin shot his third film "Sideburns" satirizing political and social events taking place in Russia at that time.

In addition to films, Yuri Mamin makes TV entertainment programmes featuring popular actors and musicians. The mainstay of these programmes is the acting out of funny and instructive stories from world literature and history. Yuri Mamin's is working in the comic genre. He is a winner of the "Chaplin's Golden Stick" which is a unique prize awarded by the Vevey International Film Festival established in Switzerland to mark the Centennial of the great comedian.

In May - June, 2003, the CTC TV channel premiered the 18-episode series "Grim Tales from Russia" in which Mamin had invested two years work.


  • Gor'ko, 1998; (also screenwriter)
  • Sailing to Hawaii, 1997;
  • Rains in the Ocean/Dozhdi v okeane, 1994;
  • Window to Paris/Okno v Parizh, 1994; (also screenwriter, composer, and actor)
  • Sideburns/Bakenbardy, 1990; (also actor)
  • Imitator, 1990; (screenwriter only)
  • The Fountain/Fontan, 1988; (also actor)
  • Neptune's Feast/Prazdnik Neptuna, 1986; segment "Prazdnik Neptuna" (also composer)