Andrey Zvyagintsev

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Andrey Zvyagintsev
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Zvyagintsev in 2009
Native name Андре́й Петро́вич Звя́гинцев
Born Andrey Petrovich Zvyagintsev
(1964-02-06) 6 February 1964 (age 53)
Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR
Nationality Russian
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2000–present

Andrey Petrovich Zvyagintsev (Russian: Андре́й Петро́вич Звя́гинцев; born 6 February 1964) is a Russian film director and screenwriter. He is mostly known for his 2003 film The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Following The Return, Zvyagintsev directed The Banishment and Elena. His film Leviathan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014. His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Life and career[edit]

Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia. At the age of 20 in 1984 he graduated from the drama school in Novosibirsk as an actor. Since 1986 he has lived in Moscow where he continued his studies at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts until 1990. From 1992 to 2000 he worked as an actor for film and theater. In 2000 he began to work for the TV station REN TV and directed three episodes of the television series The Black Room.

In 2003, he directed his first feature film The Return, which received several awards, including a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His second feature film The Banishment premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Palme d'Or.[1] In 2008, he directed "Apocrypha", a short segment for the film New York, I Love You. The segment was eventually cut from the film's theatrical release but is included on the DVD.[2]

His 2011 film, Elena, premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, in the Un Certain Regard section,[3] where it won the Jury Prize.[4]

His 2014 film Leviathan was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival,[5] where Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin won the award for Best Screenplay for the film.[6] Leviathan won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2015, Zvyagintsev was a jury president of the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival.

His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[7] It went on to win the Best Film Award at the London Film Festival, making him the second director to have won the award twice, having previously been honoured for Leviathan. [8]



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Banishment". Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Scarlett Suffers Direct Blow". New York Post. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Elena". Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (21 May 2011). "Un Certain Regard Announces Top Prizes (Cannes 2011)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Awards 2014 : Competition". Cannes. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Latest: Cannes Honors 'A Gentle Night,' 'Loveless'". US News. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Harvey Weinstein's Shadow Hangs Over London Film Festival Awards". What's Worth Seeing. Retrieved 14 October 2017. 

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