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Mikhalkov, Nikita

Born: 21 October 1945, Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)
Mikhalkov, Nikita

Nikita Mikhalkov, perhaps the most internationally famous living Russian filmmaker and actor is the son of soviet poets Sergei Vladimirovich Mikhalkov and Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya and brother of well-known Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky. He started with acting at the children’s studio of the Moscow Art Theatre and later at the Schukin School of the Vakhtangov Theatre. Still as a student he appeared in Georgi Danelyia’s film I Walk Down Moscow (1964) and few years later in his brother - Andrei Konchalovsky’s - film Home of the Gentry (1969). While on the best way to become a star of the Soviet stage and cinema, he decided to study directing at VGIK (State film school in Moscow) in the class of Mikhail Romm and Andrei Tarkovsky. From VGIK he graduated in 1970 with the short film A Quiet Day at the End of the War. The fame and recognition came along with his first feature At Home Among Strangers (1974), a Red Western set just after the 1920s civil war in Russia.

His further movies Slave of Love (1976), An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano (1977), and A Few Days in the Life of I.I.Oblomov (1979) - the latter two inspired by the themes from the Russian classical literature - were praised for technical brilliance. As his fame and international audience grew, his films never went unnoticed at prestigious European film festivals and earned him numerous awards. Dark Eyes (1987) - a love story loosely based on Chekhov's novel, Hitch-hiking (1990), and Close to Eden (1991) enjoyed popularity with cinema-goers and got widespread critical acclaim. In 1994 his Stalin era drama Burnt by the Sun won an Academy Award (Oscar) for the Best Foreign Film. Despite he fall from the public favor in the late 1990s, as a result of his controversial political views his The Barber of Siberia (1998) - a grandiose, big budget romance set in the 19th century Russia became a great box office success. The movie received the Russia State Prize and spawned rumours about Mikhalkov's presidential ambitions. Mikhalkov, however, chose to administrate the Russian cinema industry. Despite much opposition from rival directors, he was elected the President of the Russian Society of Cinematographists and has managed the Moscow Film Festival since 2000. He also set the Russian Academy Golden Eagle Award in opposition to the traditional Nika Award.

Filmography:

  • 12 Angry Men / 12 razgnevannyh muzhchin, 2007; (also scriptwriter)
  • The Barber of Siberia / Sibirskiy tsiryulnik, 1998; (also scriptwriter and producer)
  • Nikita Mikhalkov. A Sentimental Trip Home. Music of Russian Painting / Nikita Mikhalkov. Sentimentalnoe puteshestvie na rodinu. Muzyka russkoy zhivopisi, 1995; (TV Series)
  • Burnt by the Sun / Utomlyonnye solntsem, 1994; (also scriptwriter and producer)
  • Anna: From Six Till Eighteen / Anna: Ot shesti do vosemnadtsati, 1993; (also scriptwriter and producer)
  • Remembering Chekhov / Vspominaya Chekhova, 1993
  • Close to Eden / Urga, 1991; (also scriptwriter)
  • Hitch-hiking / Avtostop, 1990
  • Illusion / Illyuziya, 1989; (TV)
  • Dark Eyes / Oci ciornie, 1987; (also scriptwriter)
  • Without Witness / Bez svideteley, 1983; (also scriptwriter)
  • Family Relations / Rodnya, 1981;
  • Five Evenings / Pyat vecherov, 1979
  • A Few Days in the Life of I.I. Oblomov / Neskolko dney iz zhizni I.I. Oblomova, 1979; (also scriptwriter)
  • Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano / Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino, 1977; (also scriptwriter)
  • Slave of Love / Raba lyubvi, 1976
  • At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home / Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh, 1974; (also scriptwriter)
  • A Quiet Day During the End of War / Spokoynyy den v kontse voyny, 1970
  • And I Go Home / A ya uezzhayu domoy, 1968
  • Devochka i veshchi, 1967