Georgiy Daneliya

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Georgiy Nikolayevich Daneliya
Georgiy Daneliya (2010)
Born (1930-08-25) 25 August 1930 (age 86)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR
Occupation film director and screenwriter
Years active 1958–present
Spouse(s) Irina Ginsburg
Lyubov Sokolova
Galina Yurkova

Georgiy Daneliya (Georgian: გიორგი დანელია Giorgi Danelia; Russian: Гео́ргий Никола́евич Дане́лия; born 25 August 1930) is a Soviet/Georgian/Russian film director, who became known throughout the Soviet Union for his "sad comedies" (as he styles them).


Daneliya graduated from the Moscow Architecture Institute and worked as an architect. In 1956, he entered the Higher Director’s Courses at the Mosfilm Studio where his teachers were Mikhail Romm, Sergei Yutkevich, Leonid Trauberg, Yuli Raizman, and Mikhail Kalatozov.

His 1964 feature I Step Through Moscow, starring Nikita Mikhalkov, is one of the most characteristic films of the Khrushchev Thaw. Among Daneliya's most popular movies are Mimino (1977), about a Georgian pilot's adventures in Moscow, and The Autumn Marathon (1979), about a translator vacillating between his wife and mistress. Mimino won the Golden Prize at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.[1] In 1986 he directed a sci-fi film, Kin-dza-dza!.

In 1976, he was a member of the jury at the 26th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

Most of his films featured his then-wife Lyubov Sokolova and his friend Yevgeny Leonov. Daneliya was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1990.

More recently, he married film director Galina Yurkova, has been involved in animation projects and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts.

Georgiy Daneliya is the author or co-author of scripts to most of his films; he also wrote scripts for films by other directors, among which are Gentlemen of Fortune (Джентльмены Удачи) (1972) (collaboration with Viktoriya Tokareva), Frenchman (Француз) (1988) with Sergei Bodrov and Hello from Charlie the Trumpet player (Привет от Чарли Трубача) (1998) with Sergei Dernov.

Honours and awards[edit]

Cannes Film Festival
  • Winner in the category Special mention ribbons young filmmakers – 1964 – I Step Through Moscow
Nika Award
  • 1987 – The movie Kin-dza-dza
  • 1991 – nominated for "Best Screenplay" in the film Passport
  • 2008 – For the honour and dignity
  • 1996 – Sochi, the Special Jury Prize, the movie Eagle and Tails
  • 1999 – Sochi, Russian President Award "for outstanding contribution to the development of Russian cinema"
  • 2000 – Sochi, the winner in the category of "President's Council Award", for the movie Fortune
All-Union Film Festival
  • 1964 – Diploma of the Komsomol, for the movie I Walk around Moscow
  • 1976 – Frunze, Special Jury Prize for Best Director, Film Afonya
  • 1980 – Dushanbe, the main prize, the film Autumn Marathon
Moscow International Film Festival
  • 1960 – Carlsbad, Grand Prize "Crystal Globe", the film Sergei
  • 1964 – Cannes, Winner of 'Special Mention ribbons of young directors, a film I Step Through Moscow
  • 1994 – Milan, the main prize, the film I Step Through Moscow
  • 1966 – Rome, the Special Prize of the Festival, the film I Step Through Moscow
  • 1970 – Mardel Plata, Special Jury Prize "Condor", the film Do not worry!
  • 1970 – Cartagena, Award for Best Actor, the film Do not worry!
  • 1975 – Tashkent, the main prize, the film Afonya
  • 1977 – Moscow, the main prize, the film Mimino
  • 1979 – Avelino, prize "Gold Lacheno" movie Mimino
  • 1979 – Venice Prize FIPRESCI, film Autumn Marathon
  • 1979 – San Sebastian, the main prize "Big Gold Sink", film Autumn Marathon
  • 1980 – Carlsbad, Prize of Soviet-Bulgarian friendship, the film Autumn Marathon
  • 1987 – Madrid, Special Jury Prize, the movie Kin-dza-dza
  • 1987 – Rio de Janeiro, a special jury prize, the movie Kin-dza-dza
  • 1987 – Porto, Special Jury Prize, the movie Kin-dza-dza
  • 1990 – Cannes, Spetsilny prize, the film Passport
  • 1993 – Rimini, The Prize "Amarcord", the movie Anastasia
  • 1996 – Rome Prize "Amarcord", the film Passport
  • 1996 – Warne, "Love and passion," the main prize, the movie Eagle and Tails
  • 1997 – St. Petersburg, the "Golden Ostap", nominated for "The Legend"
KF "Golden Duke"
  • 1990 – Odessa, Grand Prix, the film Passport
ICF comedy films
  • 1980 – Chamrousse, the main prize, the film Autumn Marathon
  • 1981 – Gabrovo, Special Award, the film Autumn Marathon
International review of films in Acapulco
  • 1960 – Prize "Golden Head of Palenque", film Sergei
"Golden laurel wreath" the Foundation David Oliver O. Selznick
  • 1961 – film Sergei
"Golden Aries"
  • 1995 – "Man Film of the Year"
State Prize of the Russian Federation
  • 1996 – movie Anastasia
  • 1996 – movie Heads and Tails
  • 1996 – film Passport
  • 1978 – Yerevan, prize for best comedy film, film Mimino
USSR State Prize
  • 1978 – The film Mimino
State Prize of the RSFSR Vasiliev brothers
  • 1981 – film Autumn Marathon
Prize "The Wanderer"
  • 2002 – St. Petersburg, nominated for "The Legend of fantastic cinema"
Award "Triumph"
  • 2002
KF "Viva Cinema of Russia!"
  • 2005 – St. Petersburg prize "Unfading viewers love"
Golden Eagle Award
  • 2005 – "For loyalty to the profession"
MF debut film "The Spirit of Fire"
  • 2006 – The main prize – "Golden Taiga", "For his contribution to cinema"
State Awards


As director[edit]

  • Vasisuali Lohankin (Васисуалий Лоханкин) (1958); short
  • Also People (Тоже люди) (1959); short
  • Splendid Days (Серёжа) (1960); co-directed with Igor Talankin
  • The Road to Berth (Путь к причалу) (1962)
  • Walking the Streets of Moscow (Я шагаю по Москве) (1963)
  • Thirty Three (Тридцать три) (1965)
  • Don't Grieve (Не горюй!) (1969)
  • Hopelessly Lost (Совсем пропащий) (1972)
  • Afonya (Афоня) (1975)
  • Mimino (Мимино) (1977)
  • Autumn Marathon (Осенний марафон) (1979)
  • Tears Were Falling (Слёзы капали) (1982)
  • Kin-dza-dza! (Кин-Дза-Дза!) (1986)
  • Passport (Паспорт) (1990)
  • Nastya (Настя) (1993)
  • Heads and Tails (Орёл и Решка) (1995)
  • Fortune (Фортуна) (2000)
  • Ku! Kin-dza-dza! (Ку! Кин-дза-дза) (2013)

As scriptwriter[edit]


  1. ^ "10th Moscow International Film Festival (1977)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale 1976: Juries". Retrieved 14 July 2010. 

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