Andrei Konchalovsky

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Andrei Konchalovsky
Andrei Konchalovsky in 2010
Born Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov
(1937-08-20) August 20, 1937 (age 80)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other names Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1960–present
Notable work
Spouse(s) Irina Kandat (m. 1955–1957)
Natalya Arinbasarova (m. 1965–1969)
Viviane Gaudet (m. 1969–1980)
Irina Martynova (m. 1990–1997)
Julia Vysotskaya (m. 1998)
Children 7
Relatives Nikita Mikhalkov (brother)

Andrei Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky (Russian: Андре́й Серге́евич Михалко́в-Кончало́вский; born August 20, 1937) is a Russian film director, film producer and screenwriter.[1] He was a frequent collaborator of Andrei Tarkovsky earlier in his career. He is the son of Natalia Konchalovskaya and Sergey Mikhalkov, and brother to Nikita Mikhalkov who is also a well known Russian film director.

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Konchalovsky was born as Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov in Moscow, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, to an aristocratic family of Mikhalkovs, with centuries-old artistic and aristocratic heritage tracing their roots to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.[2] He changed his first name to Andrei and took his maternal grandfather's surname (Konchalovsky) as his stage name. He is the brother of filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov and the son of author Sergei Mikhalkov.

He studied for ten years at the Moscow Conservatory, preparing for a pianist's career. In 1960, however, he met Andrei Tarkovsky and co-scripted his movie Andrei Rublev (1966).


His first full-length feature, The First Teacher (1964), was favourably received in the Soviet Union and screened by numerous film festivals abroad. His second film, Asya Klyachina's Story (1967), was suppressed by Soviet authorities. When issued twenty years later, it was acclaimed as his masterpiece. Thereupon, Konchalovsky filmed adaptations of Ivan Turgenev's A Nest of Gentle Folk (1969) and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1970), with Innokenty Smoktunovsky in the title role.

In 1979 he was a member of the jury at the 11th Moscow International Film Festival.[3] His epic Siberiade upon its 1979 release was favourably received at Cannes and made possible his move to the United States in 1980.

His most popular Hollywood releases are Maria's Lovers (1984), Runaway Train (1985), based on a script by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, and Tango & Cash (1989), starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. In the 1990s, Konchalovsky returned to Russia, although he occasionally produced historical films for U.S. television, such as his adaption of The Odyssey (1997) and the award-winning remake, The Lion in Winter (2003).

Konchalovsky's full-length feature, House of Fools (2003), with a cameo role by Bryan Adams as himself, set in a Chechen psychiatric asylum during the war, won him a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Andrei Konchalovsky at a press conference in Vienna, 2016.

His film, The Nutcracker in 3D had its American release on November 24, 2010 and premiered in Estonia and Russia on January 1, 2011.[4] The film had a reported $90,000,000 budget and brought in a total of $65,944 in its U.S opening weekend.[5] The film was also critically derided, with Roger Ebert stating in his review of the film, "From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for 'The Nutcracker in 3D?' Who considered it even remotely a plausible idea for a movie?"[6]

His film The Postman's White Nights won the Silver Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.[7][8]

In 2016 Paradise directed by him won the Silver Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.[9][10] It was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.[11][12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Konchalovsky has been married five times. His first wife was Irina Kandat. His second wife was Kazakh actress Natalia Arinbasarova, with whom he has one son: Yegor, born January 15, 1966. His third wife was Viviane Godet, with whom he has a daughter, Alexandra Mikhalkova, born October 6, 1971. His fourth wife is Irina Ivanova, with whom he has two daughters: Nathalia and Elena. His fifth wife is Russian actress Julia Vysotskaya; they have been married since 1998 and have two children: Masha (1999) and Piotr (2003).

After[when?] he came to America, while not working, he lived with Shirley MacLaine, then left her for Nastassja Kinski, who helped him secure a contract with producer Menahem Golan for Maria's Lovers.[citation needed]



As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1961 The Boy and the Dove  Soviet Union
Coursework with E. Ostashenko
Top prize (in debutants' competition) at the 1962 Children and Youth Film Festival in Venice, Italy
1965 The First Teacher  Soviet Union
Volpi Cup for Best Actress (Natalya Arinbasarova) at the Venice International Film Festival, 1966.
Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director, Finland, 1973
1967 The Story of Asya Klyachina, Who Loved But Did Not Marry  Soviet Union
International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI Award
Honorable Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1988
The Nika Award (Soviet Union) for Best Director, 1989
1969 A Nest of Gentlefolk  Soviet Union
Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director at the International Film Festival in Finland, 1973
1970 Uncle Vanya  Soviet Union
Silver Seashell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival (Spain), 1971
Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director at the International Film Festival in Finland, 1973
1974 A Lover's Romance  Soviet Union
Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czechoslovakia), 1974
1979 Siberiade  Soviet Union
Grand Prix Spécial du Jury at the 32nd Cannes Film Festival, 1979
1982 Split Cherry Tree  United States
Best Short Film Academy Award nomination
1984 Maria's Lovers  United States
Silver Ribbon from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Critics and Journalists, 1985
Nominated for the César Award for Best Foreign Film, 1985
1985 Runaway Train  United States
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama to Jon Voight, 1985
Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing, Best Actor (Jon Voight) and Best Supporting Actor (Eric Roberts), 1985
1986 Duet for One  United States
Golden Globes nomination for Best Actress in a Drama (Julie Andrews) 1987
1987 Shy People  United States
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Barbara Hershey, 1987
1989 Tango & Cash  United States
1989 Homer and Eddie  United States
Golden Shell (tied with La nación clandestina) at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain), 1989
1992 The Inner Circle  United States
Nominated for Nika Award for Best Composer (Edward Artemiev) Russia, 1993
Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[15]
1994 Assia and the Hen with the Golden Eggs
a.k.a. Kurochka Ryaba or Ryaba, My Chicken
Import Award at the Tromsø International Film Festival (Norway), 1995
Palme d'Or nomination at the Cannes International Film Festival, 1994
Nika Award nomination for Best Film and Best Actress (Inna Churikova), 1995
Kinoshock Film Festival Award (Russia), 1994
1997 The Odyssey (TV miniseries)  United States
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and for Outstanding Special Visual Effects (Mike McGee), 1997
Golden Globes nominations for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film (Armand Assante), 1997
2002 House of Fools  Russia
Grand Special Jury Prize and UNICEF Award at the Venice Film Festival, 2002
Jury Award – Honourable Mention at the 2002 Bergen International Film Festival (Norway)
2003 The Lion in Winter Showtime  United States
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film (Glenn Close)
Outstanding Director of a Mini-Series award at the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo (Monaco)
Winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Consolata Boyle, Rhona McGuirke, Magdalen Rubalcava)
Golden Globe nominations for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (Patrick Stewart)
2007 Gloss  Russia
Best Female Performance nomination at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards Russia (Julia Vysotskaya)
2007 Dans le noir (In the Dark)  France
Short film in the anthology To Each His Own Cinema (Chacun son cinéma : une déclaration d'amour au grand écran)
2010 The Nutcracker in 3D  Hungary/ United Kingdom
2014 The Postman's White Nights  Russia
Winner of the Silver Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival
2016 Paradise  Russia/ Germany
Winner of the Silver Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival[16]


  • 2003 Sergei Prokofiev TV documentary in the “Geniuses” series.
  • 2003 Sergei Rachmaninoff TV documentary in the “Geniuses” series.
  • 2004 Yuri Andropov TV documentary in “The Burden of Power” series, in collaboration with A. Kolesnikov.
  • 2004 Heydar Aliyev TV documentary in “The Burden of Power” series.
  • 2005 Culture is Destiny documentary, 2005. Author and presenter: Andrei Konchalovsky, director: Igor Kalyadin.
  • 2006 Alexander Scriabin TV documentary in the “Geniuses” series.
  • 2006 Igor Stravinsky TV documentary in the "Geniuses" series.
  • 2007 Dmitri Shostakovich TV documentary in the "Geniuses" series.
  • 2007 Vladimir Sofronitsky TV documentary in the "Geniuses" series.
  • 2012 Bitva za Ukrainu


  • 1960 The Steamroller and the Violin. Co-scripted with A. Tarkovsky.
  • 1961 The Boy and the Dove (coursework with E. Ostashenko). Top prize (in the débutantes' competition) for the Children and Youth Film Festival in Venice (Italy), 1962.
  • 1962 Ivan's Childhood. Co-scripted with V. Bogomolov, M. Papava, A. Tarkovsky. “Golden Lion” at the 1962 Venice International Film Festival (Italy).
  • 1965 The First Teacher. Co-scripted with Ch. Aitmatov, B. Dobrodeev, A. Tarkovsky.
  • 1966 Andrei Rublev. Co-scripted with A. Tarkovsky. FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, 1969 (France).
  • 1967 Tashkent, a City of Plenty. Co-scripted with A. Neverov, A. Tarkovsky.
  • 1969 A Nest of Gentlefolk (based on the novel by I. Turgenev). Co-scripted with V. Ezhov.
  • 1970 Uncle Vanya. Author of the adapted screenplay.
  • 1970 End of the Ataman. Co-scripted with A. Tarkovsky, E. Tropinin.
  • 1972 We're Waiting for You, Lad (Zhdem tebya, paren). Co-scripted with E. Tropinin.
  • 1972 The Seventh Bullet. Co-scripted with F. Gorenstein.
  • 1973 The Fierce One. Co-scripted with A. Tarkovsky, E. Tropinin.
  • 1973 The Admirer (Poklonnik). Co-scripted with A. Khachaturov.
  • 1974 Song About Manshuk. Author of the screenplay.
  • 1975 One Life Is Not Enough (Odnoi zhizniy malo). Author of the screenplay.
  • 1978 Blood and Sweat (Krov i pot). Co-scripted with A. Khachaturov.
  • 1976 A Slave of Love (Raba lyubvi). Co-scripted with F. Gorenstein.
  • 1977 Trans-Siberian Express (Transsibirksiy express). Co-scripted with A. Adabashyan, N. Mikhalkov.
  • 1978 Siberiade. Co-scripted with Ezhov.
  • 1983 Maria's Lovers (USA). Co-scripted with J. Brush, P. Zindel, F. Bayars.
  • 1986 Duet for One (USA) (based on the play by T. Kempinski). Co-scripted with R. Garcia.
  • 1987 Shy People (USA). Co-scripted with J. Brush, M. David.
  • 1992 The Inner Circle. Co-scripted with A. Usov.
  • 1994 Ryaba, My Chicken. Co-scripted with V. Merezhko.
  • 2007 Moscow Chill. Co-scripted with C. Solimine.
  • 2010 The Nutcracker in 3D. Co-scripted with C. Solimine.

Music videos[edit]

  • 2007 Dorogie moi moskvichi (My Dear Muscovites), by singer Dima Bilan.
  • 2007 O Sole Miо, by singer Dima Bilan.


  • 1994 Ryaba, My Chicken. Co-produced with S. Bayev, C. Bolzli, D. Ouaknine, N. Garo.
  • 2002 House of Fools. Co-produced with S. Khramtsov, F. Kleiman.
  • 2007 Moscow Chill. Co-produced with D. Dobouzhinsky, O. Ioguchevym, C. Tuffin.
  • 2010 The Last Station. Executive producer.
  • 2010 The Nutcracker in 3D. Co-produced with P. Lowin, J. Circó, M. Clark, M. Borman.


  • 1961 The Trial of Madmen
  • 1962 Ivan's Childhood (a soldier)
  • 1964 I Am Twenty (Mne dvadtsat let) (Yuri)
  • 1994 Ryaba, My Chicken (a customer at the barber's, uncredited)

Films about Konchalovsky[edit]

  • 2007 Andrei Konchalovsky. On Stage. A documentary directed by Nikita Tikhonov.
  • 2007 Andrei Konchalovsky. On the Silver Screen. A documentary directed by Alexei Kolesnikov.

Theatre projects[edit]

  • “Eugene Onegin”. A play performed at La Scala, Italy, in 1985.
  • “The Queen of Spades”. A play performed at La Scala, Italy, in 1990.
  • “Miss Julie”. A play performed at the Malaya Bronnaya Theatre, Moscow, in 2005.
  • “King Lear”. A play performed at Na Woli, Warsaw, in 2006.
  • “The Seagull”. A play performed at the Odeon Theatre, Paris, in 1987, and at the Mossovet Theatre, Moscow, in 2004. Toured Italy in 2007.
  • “Uncle Vanya”. A play performed at the Mossovet Theatre, Moscow, since 2009. Toured Italy in 2009, the Baltics in 2009 and Israel in 2010.


  • War and Peace”. An opera staged at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, in 2000, and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 2002 and 2009.
  • Un ballo in maschera”. An opera staged at the Teatro Regio, Italy, in 2001, and at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, in 2001.
  • Boris Godunov”. An opera staged at the Teatro Regio, Turin, Italy, in 2010.
  • “Our Ancient Capital”. A musical event held to commemorate Moscow's 850th anniversary on Red Square in 1997.
  • “Celebrating 300 Years of St. Petersburg”. A spectacular show held in St. Petersburg, in 2003.


  • 1977 “Parabola of Concept”
  • 1991 “The Inner Circle: An Inside View of Soviet Life Under Stalin”
  • 1998 “Low Truths”
  • 1999 “Elevating Deception”
  • 2001 “White Lilac”
  • 2006 “Low Truths Seven Years Later”
  • 2007 “On the Stand of a Reactionary” (co-written with V.B. Pastukhov)


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  5. ^ The Nutcracker in 3D (2010). Box Office Mojo (2010-12-16). Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  6. ^ The Nutcracker in 3D :: :: Reviews. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
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  8. ^ "Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced". Deadline. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "International competition of feature films". Venice. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Venice Film Festival: Lido To Launch Pics From Ford, Gibson, Malick & More As Awards Season Starts To Buzz – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Россия выдвинула на «Оскар» фильм Кончаловского «Рай»". (in Russian). 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Russia nominates 'Paradise' by Konchalovsky for best-foreign language Oscar". News.Az. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (20 September 2016). "Oscars: Russia Selects 'Paradise' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  15. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Programme". Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  16. ^ "Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion To 'The Woman Who Left'; Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals', Emma Stone Take Major Prizes – Full List". Deadline. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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