Fedor Bondarchuk

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Fedor Bondarchuk
Fedor Bondarchuk Filming.jpg
Fedor Bondarchuk during the filming of Stalingrad
Born Fedor Sergeyevich Bondarchuk
(1967-05-09) May 9, 1967 (age 47)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Film director, actor, producer, clipmaker, TV host, creator.
Years active 1986–present
Notable work(s) The 9th Company, Down House, The Inhabited Island

Fedor Sergeyevich Bondarchuk (Russian: Фёдор Серге́евич Бондарчу́к [bəndʌrˈtʂuk]; born May 9, 1967) is a Russian film director, actor, TV and film producer, clipmaker, TV host. He is a founder of a production company Art Pictures Studio, creator of acclaimed movie The 9th Company (original title Russian: "9 рота") which became the most profitable Russian movie at the box office of 2005, the film won 7 movie awards and was 8-time nominated. Also Fedor Bondarchuk is producer of the 2006 film Heat, where he starred as himself with his mother Irina Skobtseva. Fedor directed a two-part science fiction film The Inhabited Island based on a novel by Strugatskies. Bondarchuk is a winner of TEFI award in 2003 (Tefi is the Russian equivalent of Emmy award) in nomination “The best host of the entertainment tv-show”. He is a winner of Golden Eagle Award in 2012 as the Best Actor.[1]

In October 15, 2012 he was appointed as Chairman of Lenfilm's Board of directors.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Fedor Bondarchuk in his childhood
Filming of Stalingrad by Yuri Ozerov, 1987

Fedor was born in Moscow in a family of actress Irina Skobtseva and internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. He was no stranger to the world of cinema since his early childhood. In 1985 when the school was over Fedor became a student of Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). In 1991 he was graduated from the class of Yuri Ozerov as a film director. His actor debut was in 1986 in the movie Boris Godunov (1986) where he was acting with his father.

F. Bondarchuk: “It was not easy to play this role. Father was very strict. For me he is a kind of fantastic and firmly authoritative person. And of course I felt a great responsibility to him. Everyday after filming I didn’t have any free energy to do something else.”

Breakthrough[edit]

Fedor Bondarchuk during the filming of Heat

In 1990 Fedor Bondarchuk started his career as the first Russian producer of music videos. In 1993 he won the Ovatsia ("Ovation") award as the best producer of musical video. In 2001 Fedor played the role of Count Myshkin in Down House, loosely based on Dostoyevsky's novel The Idiot. Fedor Bondarchuk started his career as a film producer in 2002, beginning with the film In Action (2002). Since that he has produced over a dozen of film projects that had a great success and box office history. Bondarchuk won the 2003 TEFI Award for "the Best Host of the Entertainment TV-Show". In 2005 he directed his debut film The 9th Company, which is based on a real story during the Afghan war (1979–1989).[4] The filming process took place in the Crimea 5 months long. The 9th Company eventually won 7 awards and was nominated eight times. It also broke the former box office record. The 9th Company became the first Russian movie earning $ 25 million.[citation needed] In 2006 The 9th Company was submitted for Best Foreign Film on Academy Award, but it was ultimately not nominated.

"This movie is about my generation, about the war and friendship. About men's love, feat, treason and loyalty" – Bondarchuk said, – "Probably the truth I was trying to show there will not be pleasant to our generals. But Afghan soldiers who were excited after viewing our movie is the best proof for me. That is really important".

Also Fedor created a duology The Inhabited Island (2008). In 2006 Boris Strugatskiy gave rights to screen the film adaptation of the fantasy novel Prisoners of Power. The overall time of screening was 222 days. Production and distribution of Inhabited Island were realized by Fedor Bondarchuk's film company Art Pictures Studio. The movie earned $30 million and took the third place of the box office of CIS area in 2009. In 2012 Bondarchuk received the Golden Eagle Award for the Best Actor in the movie Two Days (2011) by Dunya Smirnova. At the same year, Fedor and film producer Alexander Rodnyansky officially announced the beginning of the cooperation with IMAX Filmed Entertainment (also known as IMAX Corporation). Greg Foster, the president of the company, said: "Fedor and Alexander demonstrated me 15 minutes fragment of Stalingrad. And I'm very glad that we did a right choice in choosing a partners". As a result their project Stalingrad will be the first non-American movie filmed in IMAX format. It will be released in 2013.[5]

In 2012 Fedor Bondarchuk produced the screen adaption of S. Minaev's book of the same name, Soulless. Released in October 2012, it became the most successful Russian fiction film that year.[6]

In 2008 Feodor Bondarchuk, Konstantin Ernst and Ilya Bachurin found the company Glavkino. It's one of the largest film corporation in Russia.

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role
1. 1986 Boris Godunov Fedor
2. 1988 Solnechnyi bereg (original) young soldier
3. 1989 Stalingrad Ivan
4. 1989 Dream in a summer night Fedor
5. 1992 Arbitrator Roman
6. 1992 Demons Fedka Katorzhnyi
7. 1993 Angels of the death sniper Ivan
8. 1994 Shooting angels Ivan
9. 1997 Midlife crisis Vlad
10. 1998 Stop (original title Ostanovka)
11. 1999 8 ½ $ Fedor/Stepan
12. 2000 Showcase Store manager
13. 2000 Formula of happiness
14. 2001 Down House count Myshkin
15. 2001 Men's work (tv) Rebrov
16. 2002 In action Gazizov
17. 2002 Cinema about cimena Nikolay Zhiltsov, film producer
18. 2002 Men's work 2 (tv) Rebrov
19. 2004 Svoi (original title) the chief of Police
20. 2004 My Fair Nanny (tv)
21. 2004 B-day of the best friend
22. 2005 The 9th Company Khokhol
23. 2005 From 180 and higher Savik Galkin
24. 2005 Statskiy sovetnik (original title) Burchinskiy
25. 2005 Dacha for sale Vladimir
26. 2005 Mama, ne goryui 2 (original title) Leva
27. 2005 The end of the Empire (tv) Denikin
28. 2005 Happypeople
29. 2006 9 months (tv) Kostya
30. 2006 Tri polugratsii (original title, tv) Kurbatov
31. 2006 Open season (cartoon) Boog (dubbing)
32. 2006 Heat director
33. 2007 Sem kabinok (original) drug diller
34. 2007 Ya ostayus (original) guide
35. 2007 0 km cameo
36. 2007 Artistka (original) film director
37. 2007 Tiski (original) Verner
38. 2007 18-14 graf Tolstoi
39. 2008 Admiral Sergei Bondarchuk (pseudo cameo)
40. 2008 The Inhabited Island Umnik
41. 2008 Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms (cartoon) Tonny Dennis (dubbing)
42. 2008 Open Season 2 (cartoon) Boog (dubbing)
43. 2009 Samyi lichshyi film 2 (original title) Fedor Bondarchuk (cameo)
44. 2009 Inhabited island: Skirmish Umnik
45. 2010 Moscow, I love you suicide
46. 2010 PiraMMMida Belyavskyi
47. 2010 Pro lyubоff (original) Vladimir Victorovich
48. 2010 Pseudonym for hero Director
49. 2011 Lecturer (tv) Vladimir
50. 2011 Svadba po obmenu (original) Ruslan
51. 2011 Two days Petr Drozdov
52. 2011 Bezrazlichie
53. 2011 Belaya gvardiya (tv) Shpolyanskiy
54. 2012 Shpion (original) Alexey Oktyabrskii
55. 2012 7 dní hříchů Major Uvarov
56. 2012 Gold

Director[edit]

Year Title More
1. 1989 Dream in a summer morning short film
2. 1993 Lyublyu special project
3. 2005 The 9th Company
4. 2006 Tikhiy Don (tv)
5. 2008 The Inhabited Island
6. 2009 Inhabited island: Skirmish
7. 2012 Nowhere to hurry
8. 2013 Stalingrad

Producer[edit]

Year Title
1. 2002 In action
2. 2003 Gololed (original)
3. 2003 Kamikadze's diary
4. 2005 The 9th Company
5. 2006 The heat
6. 2008 The Inhabited Island
7. 2009 Inhabited island: Skirmish
8. 2010 Phobos
9. 2011 Two Days
10. 2011 New Year sms (tv)
11. 2012 Avgust. Vosmogo (original title)
12. 2012 Duhless (original title)
13. 2013 Odnoklassniki.ru (original title)
14. 2013 The Best Girl of Caucasus
15. 2013 Yes and Yes
16. 2013 White Lily
17. 2013 Evgeny Onegin
18. 2014 Pikovaya Dama
19. 2014 Baba Yaga

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

Nominations[edit]

Private life[edit]

Fedor is more than 20 years married on Svetlana Bondarchuk, main editor of HELLO magazine (Russia). They have 2 children: son Sergey and daughter Varvara.

Business[edit]

Art Pictures Studio[edit]

Fedor is a founder of Art Pictures Group production company, which he founded in 1991 together with his friends Juhan Saul Gross and Stepan Mikhalkov and reorganized it in Art Pictures Studio in 2006 with his partner Dmitry Rudovskiy. The main area of the company is film and video production and distribution. Company is working with a variety of projects, ranging from music and advertising videos to feature films.

Musical and advertising videos made by Art Pictures received a lot of Russian and international awards. Company was working with Heinz, Philips, Sony, Zikr (Colgate total), Pepsi etc. In 2002 Art Pictures began a new business direction – film production.

Glavkino[edit]

In 2008 Fedor Bondarchuk together with Konstantin Ernst (Director General of the Channel One (Russia)) and Ilya Bachurin founded the large-scale project Glavkino. The project is to create contemporary, extensive and technically equipped cinema complex. The official opening is scheduled for year 2012. In 2011 Glavkino and New York Art Academy founded a Grant named after Sergei Bondarchuk.

Kinositi[edit]

In 2009 Fedor Bondarchuk with producer Sergey Selianov has initiated a project KINOSITI. The main mission of this company is to create network of multimedia educational cinema complexes throughout Russia.

Restaurant Business[edit]

Fedor Bondarchuk is an owner of three restaurants in Moscow (together with his friends and partners Stepan Mikhalkov, Arkadiy Novikov and Kirill Gusev). Also he opened two restaurants and confectionary in Ekaterinburg.

Television[edit]

Fedor Bondarchuk is a popular TV host in Russia. His show about cinema world has been released weekly on the STS TV channel in Russia. His guests in the studio in different times were Oliver Stone, Darren Aronofsky, Michael Bay, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Craig, Til Schweiger etc. In 2003 he received TEFI as the best TV host of entertainment programme, in March 2004 Bondarchuk became a member of Russian Television Academy's fund. At the same year Fedor started to host a new reality show about supermodel's life. In 2013 Fedor have started his career of TV producer with two projects on the STS TV channel in Russia.

Political activism[edit]

In March 2014 he signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.[7]

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