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Andrei Konchalovsky in 2010
|Born||Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov
August 20, 1937
|Other names||Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky|
|Occupation||Film director, film producer, screenwriter|
Andrei Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky (Russian: Андре́й Серге́евич Михалко́в-Кончало́вский; born August 20, 1937) is a Russian film director, film producer and screenwriter. He was a frequent collaborator of Andrei Tarkovsky earlier in his career.
Life and career
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. 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.
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. 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.
His film, The Nutcracker in 3D had its American release on November 24, 2010 and premiered in Estonia and Russia on January 1, 2011. The film had a reported $90,000,000 budget and brought in a total of $65,944 in its U.S opening weekend. 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?"
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 Yulia Vysotskaya, with whom he has two children: Maria and Piotr.
After 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. He is currently married to Russian actress Yuliya Vysotskaya.
- Special Silver St. George for his contribution to world cinema, 20th Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), 1997
- 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.
- 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
- 2007 Andrei Konchalovsky. On Stage. A documentary directed by Nikita Tikhonov.
- 2007 Andrei Konchalovsky. On the Silver Screen. A documentary directed by Alexei Kolesnikov.
- “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)
- Andrei Konchalovsky. New York Times
- "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- The Nutcracker in 3D (2010), IMDB.com
- The Nutcracker in 3D (2010). Box Office Mojo (2010-12-16). Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
- The Nutcracker in 3D :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews. Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
- "International competition of feature films". Venice. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced". Deadline. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Организуй себя в библиотеке FictionBook. Fictionbook.ru. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
- "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "Berlinale: 1992 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-05-22.
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