Fedor Bondarchuk

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Fedor Bondarchuk
Fedor Bondarchuk Filming.jpg
Fedor Bondarchuk without a Fedora
Born Fedor Sergeyevich Bondarchuk
(1967-05-09) May 9, 1967 (age 48)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Film director, actor, producer, clipmaker, TV host, creator.
Years active 1986–present
Notable work The 9th Company, Down House, The Inhabited Island

Fedor Sergeyevich Bondarchuk (Russian: Фёдор Серге́евич Бондарчу́к [fʲɵdər sʲɪrgʲeɪvʲɪtɕ bəndɐˈrtɕuk]; 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 film The 9th Company, which became the most profitable Russian film at the box office of 2005, the film won 7 film 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.

In October 15, 2012 he was appointed as Chairman of Lenfilm's Board of directors.[1][2]

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 film Boris Godunov (1986) where he was acting with his father.

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 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).[3] 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 film 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 film 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 film is the best proof for me. That is really important".[4]

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 film 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 film 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 showed me a 15 minute fragment of Stalingrad. And I'm very glad that we did a right choice in choosing a partners". As a result their project Stalingrad was the first non-American film[5] filmed in IMAX format. It was e released in October 2013.[6]

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.

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]

Fyodor Bondarchuk on the set of the film "Inhabited Island"
Fyodor Bondarchuk and Sergei Garmash, the shooting of the film "Inhabited Island"
Fyodor Bondarchuk and Konstantin Kryukov, the shooting of the film "Company 9"

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role
1986 Boris Godunov Feodor II of Russia
1988 Solnechnyi bereg (original title) young soldier
1989 Stalingrad Ivan
1989 Dream in a summer night Fedor
1992 Arbitrator Roman
1992 Demons Fedka Katorzhnyi
1993 Angels of the Death sniper Ivan
1994 Shooting Angels Ivan
1997 Midlife Crisis Vlad
1998 Stop (original title "Ostanovka")
1999 8 ½ $ Fedor/Stepan
2000 Showcase Store manager
2000 Formula of Happiness
2001 Down House count Myshkin
2001 Men's Work (TV) Rebrov
2002 In Action Gazizov
2002 Cinema about Cimena Nikolay Zhiltsov, film producer
2002 Men's Work 2 (TV) Rebrov
2004 Our Own the chief of Police
2004 My Fair Nanny (TV) cameo
2004 B-day of the Best Friend
2005 The 9th Company Khokhol
2005 From 180 and Higher Savik Galkin
2005 The State Counsellor Burchinskiy
2005 Dacha for sale Vladimir
2005 Mama, ne goryui 2 (original title) Leva
2005 The Fall of the Empire (TV) General Anton Denikin
2005 Happypeople
2006 9 Months (TV) Kostya
2006 Tri polugratsii (original title, TV) Kurbatov
2006 Open Season (animated film) Boog (Russian dubbing)
2006 Heat film director
2007 Sem kabinok (original title) drug diller
2007 Ya ostayus (original title) guide
2007 Kilometer Zero cameo
2007 Artistka (original title) film director
2007 Tiski (original title) Igor Verner
2007 18-14 graf Tolstoi
2008 Admiral Sergei Bondarchuk (pseudo cameo)
2008 The Inhabited Island Umnik
2008 Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms (animated film) Tonny Dennis (Russian dubbing)
2008 Open Season 2 (animated film) Boog (Russian dubbing)
2009 The Best Movie 2 Fedor Bondarchuk (cameo)
2009 The Inhabited Island: Skirmish Umnik
2010 Moscow, I Love You! suicide
2010 Pro lyubоff (original title) Vladimir Victorovich
2010 Pseudonym for Hero Director
2011 PiraMMMida Belyavskyi
2011 Lecturer (TV) Vladimir
2011 Svadba po obmenu (original title) Ruslan
2011 Two Days Petr Drozdov
2011 Bezrazlichie (original title) Petya Selyutin
2011 The White Guard (TV) Shpolyanskiy
2012 Spy Alexey Oktyabrskii
2012 Gold
2012 7 dní hříchů Major Uvarov
2012 Tri bogatyrya na dalnikh beregakh (original title, animated film) Kolyvan (dubbing)
2012 After School (TV) cameo
2013 Molodezhka (original title, TV) Oleg Ivanovich Kalinin
2013 Odnoklassniki.ru: NaCLICKai udachu (original title) Fedor
2014 Chudotvorets (original, TV) Viktor Stavitsky
2014 Gena Beton (original title)
2015 Ghost (Призрак) Yury Gordeyev

Director[edit]

Year Title More
1989 Dream in a Summer Morning short film
1993 Lyublyu (original title) special project
2005 The 9th Company
2006 And Quiet Flows the Don (TV)
2008 The Inhabited Island
2009 The Inhabited island: Skirmish
2012 Nowhere to Hurry
2013 Stalingrad

Producer[edit]

Year Title
2002 In Action
2003 Gololyod (original title)
2003 Kamikadze's Diary
2005 The 9th Company
2006 Heat
2008 The Inhabited Island
2009 The Inhabited island: Skirmish
2010 The Phobos
2011 Two Days
2011 New Year SMS (TV)
2012 August Eighth
2012 Soulless
2013 Odnoklassniki.ru (original title)
2013 The Best Girl of Caucasus
2013 Yes and Yes
2013 White Lily
2013 Evgeny Onegin
2014 Pikovaya Dama (original title)
2014 Baba Yaga

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

Nominations[edit]

Private life[edit]

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

In May, 2012 his son Sergey married to Tatiana Mamiashvili. The couple have two daughters: Margarita (2012) and Vera (2014).

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 Russian Channel One) 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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