Aleksei Balabanov

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Aleksei Balabanov
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Born (1959-02-25)25 February 1959
Sverdlovsk, USSR
Died 18 May 2013(2013-05-18) (aged 54)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Occupation Film director
Years active 1989 – 2012

Aleksei Oktyabrinovich Balabanov (Russian: Алeксeй Oктябpинoвич Балабанoв; 25 February 1959 – 18 May 2013)[1] was a Russian film director, screenwriter, and producer, who shot mostly arthouse pictures, but gained mainstream popularity with the crime drama Brat (Brother) and its more action-oriented sequel, Brat-2 (Brother 2), both of which starred Sergei Bodrov, Jr. as a young hitman. Brother was successful both at the box office and in video copies, achieving wide popularity in Russia.[2] Later, however, Balabanov became better known for his films Cargo 200 (2007) and Morphine (2008).[3]


Aleksei Oktyabrinovich Balabanov was born on 25 February 1959, in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg).[4]

In 1981 Balabanov graduated from Translation Department of the Gorky Pedagogical University of Foreign Languages (ru).[4] He then served in the Soviet Army as an officer-interpreter.[4] After his discharge, from 1983 to 1987 he worked as an assistant film director at Sverdlovsk Film Studio.[4] Balabanov shot his first film in 1987,in the Urals. The script of the film was written overnight. This low-budget work was filmed in a restaurant. Later Balabanov studied at the experimental workshop "Auteur Cinema" (Russian: Авторское кино) of the High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, graduating in 1990.[4] In 1994 Balabanov together with Sergey Selyanov and Viktor Sergeyev founded the production company CTV.[2][5]

Balabanov died on 18 May 2013 of a heart attack.[4][5] "Mr. Balabanov is survived by his wife, Nadezhda Vasilyeva, a costume designer, and two sons."[4] "At his death, he was planning to make a film on Stalin, portraying him as a godfather of crime."[4]


  • Florian Weinhold (2013), Path of Blood: The Post-Soviet Gangster, His Mistress and Their Others in Aleksei Balabanov's Genre Films, Reaverlands Books: North Charleston, SC.


  • Me Too (Я тоже хочу) (2012) – Aleksei Balabanov was awarded the "Best Director" award for this film at the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival
  • The Stoker (Кочегар) (2010)
  • Morphine (Морфий) (2008)
  • Cargo 200 (Груз 200) (2007)
  • It Doesn't Hurt Me (Мне не больно) (2006)
  • Zhmurki (Жмурки) (2005)
  • War (Война) (2002)
  • The River (Река) (2002)
  • Brother 2 (Брат 2) (2000)
  • Of Freaks and Men (Про уродов и людей) (1998)
  • Brother (Брат) (1997)
  • Pribytiye poyezda (1995) (segment "Trofim")
  • The Castle (Замок) (1994)
  • Happy Days (Счастливые дни) (1991)
  • From the History of Aerostatics in Russia (О воздушном летании в России) (1990)
  • Nastya and Yegor (Настя и Егор) (1989)
  • I don`t have friend or One step beyond (У меня нет друга, или One step beyond) (1988)
  • There used to be another time (Раньше было другое время) (1987)


  1. ^ "Russian cult film director Alexei Balabanov dies". BBC News. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b The Imperial Trace : Recent Russian Cinema: Recent Russian Cinema. Oxford University Press. 2009. p. 220. ISBN 0199710546. 
  3. ^ "Russian cult film director Balabanov dies". Herald Sun. 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Aleksei Balabanov Russian Film Director Dies at 54". New York Times. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Прощание с кинорежиссером Алексеем Балабановым в Петербурге прошло тихо и скромно — Первый канал

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