Fyodor Bondarchuk

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Fyodor Bondarchuk
Fedor Bondarchuk Filming.jpg
Fyodor Bondarchuk
BornFedor Sergeyevich Bondarchuk
(1967-05-09) May 9, 1967 (age 51)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
OccupationFilm director, actor, producer, clipmaker, TV host, creator.
Years active1986–present
Notable workThe 9th Company, Down House, The Inhabited Island

Fyodor Sergeyevich Bondarchuk (Russian: Фёдор Серге́евич Бондарчу́к [fʲɵdər sʲɪrgʲeɪvʲɪtɕ bəndɐˈrtɕuk]; born May 9, 1967) is a Russian film director, actor, TV and film producer, clipmaker, TV host, founder of production company Art Pictures Studio.[1][2]

Bondarchuk specializes in action, war, and science fiction films. Some of the most notable films Fyodor has directed include The 9th Company (2005), The Inhabited Island (2008-2009), Stalingrad (2013) and Attraction (2017).

As an actor, Bondarchuk is best known for starring in 8 ½ $ (1999), Down House (2001), Two Days (2011), The PyraMMMid (2011) and Ghost (2015)

Bondarchuk is a winner of TEFI award in 2003 in nomination “The best host of the entertainment TV-show”.[1] In 2011 he received the Golden Eagle Award as the Best Actor.[3]

On October 15, 2012 he was appointed as Chairman of Lenfilm's Board of directors.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Fedor Bondarchuk in his childhood
Filming of Stalingrad by Yuri Ozerov, 1987

Fedor was born in Moscow in a family of actress Irina Skobtseva and internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. In 1985 after finishing school, Fyodor became a student of VGIK. In 1991 he graduated from the class of Yuri Ozerov as a film director.

Career[edit]

Fedor Bondarchuk during the filming of Heat

His actor debut was in 1986 in the film Boris Godunov (1986) where he performed with his father.

In 1990 Fyodor Bondarchuk started his career as the first Russian producer of music videos. In 1993 he won the Ovation award as the best producer of musical video.

Bondarchuk's breakthrough as an actor came with his dual role in the 1999 cult film 8 ½ $ by Grigori Konstantinopolsky, where he played both Fyodor and Stepan.[6] In 2001 Fyodor played the role of Count Myshkin in Down House, loosely based on Dostoyevsky's novel The Idiot.

Fedor Bondarchuk started his career as a film producer in 2002, beginning with the film In Motion (2002). Since that he has produced over twenty film projects that were great box-office successes. Bondarchuk won the 2003 TEFI Award for "the Best Host of the Entertainment TV-Show".[1] In 2005 he directed his debut film The 9th Company, which was based on real events which happened during the Afghan war (1979–1989).[7] The filming process took place in the Crimea, and lasted 5 months. The 9th Company eventually won 7 awards and was nominated eight times. It also broke the former box office record. The 9th Company became the first Russian film earning $25 million.[8] In 2006 The 9th Company was submitted for Best Foreign Film on Academy Award, but it was ultimately not nominated.

"This film is about my generation, about the war and friendship. About men's love, feat, treason and loyalty" – Bondarchuk said, – "Probably the truth I was trying to show there will not be pleasant to our generals. But Afghan soldiers who were excited after viewing our film is the best proof for me. That is really important".[9]

Also Fyodor created a duology The Inhabited Island (2008). In 2006 Boris Strugatskiy gave rights to screen the film adaptation of the fantasy novel Prisoners of Power. The overall time of the shooting took 222 days. Production and distribution of Inhabited Island was realized by Fyodor Bondarchuk's film company Art Pictures Studio. The film earned $30 million and took the third place of the box office of CIS area in 2009. In 2012 Bondarchuk received the Golden Eagle Award for the Best Actor in the film Two Days (2011) by Dunya Smirnova.[10] At the same year, Fyodor and film producer Alexander Rodnyansky officially announced the beginning of the cooperation with IMAX Filmed Entertainment (also known as IMAX Corporation). Greg Foster, the president of the company, said: "Fedor and Alexander showed me a 15 minute fragment of Stalingrad. And I'm very glad that we did a right choice in choosing a partners".[11] As a result, their project Stalingrad was the first non-American film[12] filmed in IMAX format. It was released in October 2013.[13]

In 2012 Fyodor Bondarchuk produced the screen adaption of Sergey Minaev's book of the same name, Dukhless. Released in October 2012, it became the most successful Russian fiction film that year.[14] The sequel, Dukhless 2, was released in 2015.

Bondarchuk directed the science fiction film Attraction in 2017. The film was a box office success and earned $18 million.

In 2018 he produced another Minaev adaptation, Selfie, and the box-office hit musical film Ice which grossed $22 million against the budget of $2 million.

Business[edit]

Art Pictures Studio[edit]

Fedor is a founder of Art Pictures Studio production company, which he founded in 1991 together with his friends Juhan Saul Gross and Stepan Mikhalkov and reorganized it in Art Pictures Studio in 2006 with his partner Dmitry Rudovskiy. The main area of the company is film and video production and distribution. Company is working with a variety of projects, ranging from music and advertising videos to feature films.

Musical and advertising videos made by Art Pictures received a lot of Russian and international awards. The company worked with Heinz, Philips, Sony, Zikr (Colgate total), Pepsi etc. In 2002 Art Pictures moved into film production.[1]

Glavkino[edit]

In 2008 Fyodor Bondarchuk together with Konstantin Ernst (Director General of the Russian Channel One) and Ilya Bachurin founded the large-scale project Glavkino.[15] The project consists of a television and television complex, a hardware complex, a production center, a script laboratory. In 2011 Glavkino and New York Art Academy founded a grant named after Sergei Bondarchuk.[16]

In 2017 Glavkino ownership was transferred from its founders, including Fyodor Bondarchuk, Konstantin Ernst, Ilya Bachurin, Vitaly Golovachev and Nikolai Tsvetkov, to the creditor VTB Bank. Each of the five founders of Glavkino received $1800 each, while VTB repaid the studio's debts, estimated at about $52 million.[17]

Kinositi[edit]

In 2009 Fyodor Bondarchuk with producer Sergey Selianov initiated the project Kinositi. The main mission of this company is to create network of multimedia educational cinema complexes throughout Russia. In 2012, Kinositi became the official partner of cinema chain Premier Zal.[18]

Restaurant Business[edit]

Fyodor Bondarchuk is an owner of three restaurants in Moscow (together with his friends and partners Stepan Mikhalkov, Arkadiy Novikov and Kirill Gusev). Also he opened two restaurants and confectionery in Ekaterinburg.[19]

Television[edit]

Fyodor Bondarchuk is a popular television host in Russia. His show about the world of cinema aired weekly on the STS TV channel in Russia. His guests in the studio included Oliver Stone, Darren Aronofsky, Michael Bay, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Craig, Til Schweiger etc.[20] In 2003 he received TEFI as the best TV host of entertainment program, in March 2004 Bondarchuk became a member of Russian Television Academy's fund.[2] At the same year Fyodor started to host the reality show You - a Supermodel. In 2013 Fyodor have started his career of TV producer with two projects on the STS channel in Russia.

Political activism[edit]

In March 2014 he signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Fyodor Bondarchuk on the set of the film "Inhabited Island"
Fyodor Bondarchuk and Sergei Garmash, the shooting of the film "Inhabited Island"
Fyodor Bondarchuk and Konstantin Kryukov, the shooting of the film "Company 9"

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role
1986 Boris Godunov Feodor II of Russia
1988 Solnechnyi bereg (original title) young soldier
1989 Stalingrad Ivan
1989 A Midsummer Night's Dream Fedor
1992 Arbitrator Roman
1992 Demons Fedka Katorzhnyi
1993 Angels of the Death sniper Ivan
1994 Shooting Angels Ivan
1997 Midlife Crisis Vlad
1998 Stop (original title "Ostanovka")
1999 8 ½ $ Fedor/Stepan
2000 Showcase Store manager
2000 Formula of Happiness
2001 Down House count Myshkin
2001 Men's Work (TV) Rebrov
2002 In Motion Gazizov
2002 Cinema about Cimena Nikolay Zhiltsov, film producer
2002 Men's Work 2 (TV) Rebrov
2004 Our Own the chief of Police
2004 My Fair Nanny (TV) cameo
2004 B-day of the Best Friend
2005 The 9th Company Khokhol
2005 From 180 and Higher Savik Galkin
2005 The State Counsellor Burchinskiy
2005 Dacha for sale Vladimir
2005 Mama, ne goryui 2 (original title) Leva
2005 The Fall of the Empire (TV) General Anton Denikin
2005 Happypeople
2006 9 Months (TV) Kostya
2006 Tri polugratsii (original title, TV) Kurbatov
2006 Open Season (animated film) Boog (Russian dubbing)
2006 Heat film director
2007 Gloss
2007 Sem kabinok (original title) drug diller
2007 I’m Staying instructor
2007 Kilometer Zero cameo
2007 Artistka (original title) film director
2007 Tiski (original title) Igor Verner
2007 18-14 graf Tolstoi
2008 Admiral Sergei Bondarchuk (pseudo cameo)
2008 The Inhabited Island Umnik
2008 Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms (animated film) Tonny Dennis (Russian dubbing)
2008 Open Season 2 (animated film) Boog (Russian dubbing)
2009 The Best Movie 2 Fedor Bondarchuk (cameo)
2009 The Inhabited Island: Skirmish Umnik
2010 Moscow, I Love You! suicide
2010 Pro lyubоff (original title) Vladimir Victorovich
2010 Pseudonym for Hero Director
2011 The PyraMMMid Belyavskyi
2011 Lecturer (TV) Vladimir
2011 Svadba po obmenu (original title) Ruslan
2011 Two Days Petr Drozdov
2011 Bezrazlichie (original title) Petya Selyutin
2011 The White Guard (TV) Shpolyanskiy
2012 Spy Alexey Oktyabrskii
2012 Gold
2012 7 dní hříchů Major Uvarov
2012 Tri bogatyrya na dalnikh beregakh (original title, animated film) Kolyvan (dubbing)
2012 After School (TV) cameo
2013 Molodezhka (original title, TV) Oleg Ivanovich Kalinin
2013 Odnoklassniki.ru: NaCLICKai udachu (original title) Fedor
2014 Chudotvorets (original, TV) Viktor Stavitsky
2014 Gena Beton (original title)
2015 Ghost (Призрак) Yury Gordeyev
2015 Warrior Andrey Rodin
2015 A Warrior's Tail Elza (voice)
2016 Santa Claus. Battle of the Magi Miran Morozov, the Father Frost (Santa Claus)
2018 Selfie

Director[edit]

Year Title More
1989 Dream in a Summer Morning short film
1993 Lyublyu (original title) special project
2005 The 9th Company
2006 And Quiet Flows the Don (TV) final editing of a film directed in 1992 by his father
2008 The Inhabited Island
2009 The Inhabited island: Skirmish
2012 Nowhere to Hurry
2013 Stalingrad
2017 Attraction
2019 Attraction 2

Producer[edit]

Year Title
2002 In Motion
2003 Gololyod (original title)
2003 Kamikadze's Diary
2005 The 9th Company
2006 Heat
2008 The Inhabited Island
2009 The Inhabited island: Skirmish
2010 The Phobos
2011 Two Days
2011 New Year SMS (TV)
2012 August Eighth
2012 Soulless
2013 Odnoklassniki.ru (original title)
2013 The Best Girl of Caucasus
2013 Yes and Yes
2013 White Lily
2013 Evgeny Onegin
2014 Baba Yaga
2015 Soulless 2
2015 Warrior
2016 The Queen of Spades
2016 The Good Boy
2018 Selfie
2018 Ice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

Nominations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Fedor was married for more than 20 years to Svetlana Bondarchuk (née Rudskaya), main editor of HELLO! magazine (Russia). They have 2 children: son Sergey and daughter Varvara.[22] After divorcing from Svetlana, Fedor became romantically involved with actress Paulina Andreeva.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Биография Федора Бондарчука". RIA Novosti.
  2. ^ a b "Бондарчук, Федор". Lenta.ru.
  3. ^ "Лауреаты премии «Золотой Орел» за 2011 год". Golden Eagle Award.
  4. ^ Russian source: Fyodor Bondarchuk headed the board of directors of "Lenfilm", KP.Ru
  5. ^ Fyodor Bondarchuk Appointed Chairman of the Board at Lenfilm
  6. ^ "Почему фильм «8,5 долларов» 12 лет не пускали в прокат". Komsomolskaya Pravda.
  7. ^ Fedor Bondarchuk "9th company" appeared in cinema
  8. ^ "Путин вместе со съемочной группой смотрит кинофильм "9 рота"". RIA Novosti.
  9. ^ 3 – 9 марта: лирические комедия к 8 Марта и новая биография Гагарина
  10. ^ "Бондарчук получил "Золотого орла" за фильм "Два дня"". RIA Novosti.
  11. ^ "Президент IMAX: "Сталинград" - большой вызов". RIA Novosti.
  12. ^ Mr. Bondarchuk goes to Hollywood
  13. ^ Elena Menshenina. "Бондарчук против немцев: «Сталинград» выходит в прокат". Argumenty i Fakty.
  14. ^ ""ДухLess" стартовал с рекордных для российских картин 2012 года сборов". RIA Novosti.
  15. ^ "Из всех кино для нас важнейшим является "Главкино"". Kommersant.
  16. ^ "Грант имени Бондарчука дали за экранизацию Солженицына". RIA Novosti.
  17. ^ "«Главкино» сдали в банк". Kommersant.
  18. ^ Ksenia Boletskaya. "«Киносити» берет в управление кинотеатры «Премьер зала»". Vedomosti.
  19. ^ "Федор Бондарчук: «Мне знаком период безденежья»". 7days.
  20. ^ "Федор Бондарчук готовится к новоселью". 7days.
  21. ^ "Деятели культуры России — в поддержку позиции Президента по Украине и Крыму". Ministry for Culture of Russian Federation. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014.
  22. ^ Oksana Morozova. "«Мы приняли решение развестись». История Федора и Светланы Бондарчук". Argumenty i Fakty.
  23. ^ Nastya Yudaeva. "Федор Бондарчук и Паулина Андреева рассказали о своих отношениях в интервью". Cosmopolitan.

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