Filipp Yankovsky

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Filipp Yankovsky
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Born Filipp Olegovich Yankovsky
(1968-10-10) 10 October 1968 (age 49)
Saratov, Soviet Union
Occupation Filmmaker, actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Oksana Fandera, 2 children[1]

Filipp Olegovich Yankovsky (Russian: Фили́пп Оле́гович Янко́вский) is a Russian actor and film director. He was born in October 10, 1968 to actor Oleg Yankovsky.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Filipp Yankovsky was born October 10, 1968 in Saratov in the family of actors Oleg Yankovsky and Lyudmila Zorina. At that time, his parents played at the Saratov Drama Theater. When Filipp turned four, the family moved to Moscow.

His first role as an actor was in the 1974 film The Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky. In the same year he had an uncredited role in Under a Stone Sky. Filipp's first role as a grown-up was in Sentimental Journey to Potatoes (1986).

In 1990 he graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School (Oleg Tabakov's course). Then he studied at VGIK from 1990 until 2004 at the directing faculty (workshop of Vladimir Naumov).

Yankovsky began his directorial career with music videos — he has made approximately 150 music videos. In 1997, he was nominated for the Ovation Award as the best music video director.[3]

He made his directorial debut in 2002 with the feature film In Motion, for which he was awarded the "Discovery of the Year" prize at the Nika Awards in 2003 and the audience award at Kinotavr. The film was about Sasha Guriev (Konstantin Khabensky), a successful and charming journalist who suddenly realizes that he has found compromising evidence on his politician friend.[4][5][6]

His next directorial work was the 2005 screen version of Boris Akunin's detective novel The State Counsellor. Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov and Konstantin Khabensky were the lead actors of the picture. In 2006 he directed The Sword Bearer which starred Artyom Tkachenko and Chulpan Khamatova.

Personal life[edit]


  • Wife - Oksana Fandera, actress; children:
    • Son - Ivan Yankovsky (born October 30, 1990), actor.
    • Daughter - Elizaveta Yankovskaya (born May 1, 1995).


When Filipp was 41, he was diagnosed with lymphoma. In 2016 it was reported that Yankovsky has been cured from stage III cancer, after undergoing chemotherapy seven times.[7][8]

Selected filmography[edit]

As actor:

As director



  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 371.