Alexei Uchitel

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Alexei Uchitel
Alexei Uchitel at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Native name
Алексей Ефимович Учитель
Aleksei Yefimovich Uchitel

(1951-08-31) 31 August 1951 (age 67)
OccupationFilm director

Aleksei Yefimovich Uchitel (Russian: Алексей Ефимович Учитель; born 31 August 1951 in Leningrad) is a Russian film director.[1] In 2002 he received the title People's Artist of Russia.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Alexei Uchitel in 2019

Aleksei Yefimovich Uchitel was born on August 31, 1951 in Leningrad to the family of documentary filmmaker Yefim Uchitel.[1][3][4]

In 1975 he graduated from VGIK, worked at the Leningrad studio of documentary films.[1]

In 1990 he founded his film studio "Rock". Uchitel's directorial debut was the film Mania of Giselle.[1]

In 2000, he received the Nika Award, the Kinotavr Grand Prix[5] and the Crystal Globe nomination for His Wife's Diary. The film was about the last love affair of Ivan Bunin.[6]

His 2003 film The Stroll was entered into the 25th Moscow International Film Festival.[7] His 2005 film Dreaming of Space won the Golden George at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival.[8] In 2006 he was a member of the jury at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival.[9]

His 2010 film The Edge was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards[10] but it did not make the final shortlist.[11]

His film Break Loose was selected to be screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[12][13]

The romantic drama Matilda directed by Uchitel about the relationship between ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya and Nicholas II was released on October 23, 2017. The picture became controversial after State Duma deputy Natalia Poklonskaya led a campaign to ban the film on religious grounds.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Алексей Ефимович Учитель. Биографическая справка". RIA Novosti.
  2. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 14.01.2002 г. № 35". Kremlin.
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  5. ^ ""Ника": Лучший фильм — "Дневник его жены"".
  6. ^ "His Wife´s Diary / Dněvnik jego ženy". Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
  7. ^ "25th Moscow International Film Festival (2003)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  8. ^ "27th Moscow International Film Festival (2005)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  9. ^ "28th Moscow International Film Festival (2006)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  10. ^ "Russia chooses its Oscar nominee". The Voice of Russia. Archived from the original on 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  11. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  12. ^ "Break Loose". TIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  13. ^ "Toronto Adds 75+ Titles To 2013 Edition". Indiewire. Retrieved 2013-08-18.

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