Pavel Lungin

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Pavel Lungin

Pavel Semyonovich Lungin PAR (Russian: Па́вел Семёнович Лунги́н; born July 12, 1949) is a Russian film director.[1] He is sometimes credited as Pavel Loungine (as in the American release of Tycoon).

Born 12 July 1949 in Moscow, Lungin is the son of a scriptwriter and linguist Lilianna Lungina. He later attended Moscow State University from which he graduated in 1971. Lungin worked primarily as a scriptwriter until given the opportunity to direct Taxi Blues at age 40.[2]

Lungin was awarded the Best Director Prize at 1990 Cannes Film Festival for the film Taxi Blues starring Pyotr Mamonov.[3] That same year he took up residence in France, while making films in and about Russia with French producers. Two years later, his next film Luna Park would also compete at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[4] In 1993 he was a member of the jury at the 18th Moscow International Film Festival.[5]

He was the librettist for Nikolai Karetnikov's opera Till Eulenspiegel (written 1983) and Karetnikov's oratorio The Mystery of St. Paul.

In 2006 he directed the religious film The Island which also starred Mamonov. The film closed the 63rd Venice International Film Festival and was praised by the Russian Orthodox Church leader Alexis II.

Lungin was awarded the distinction People's Artist of Russia in 2008.[6]

In 2009 he was the President of the Jury at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival.[7]

In 2009 he directed Tsar film with Pyotr Mamonov and Oleg Yankovskiy. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[8]

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 and Crimea.[9]

Filmography (as director)[edit]


  1. ^ Лунгин Павел Семёнович
  2. ^ Биография Павла Лунгина (in Russian). People's History. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Taxi Blues". Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Luna Park". Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  5. ^ "18th Moscow International Film Festival (1993)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  6. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации "О присвоении почётного звания "Народный артист Российской Федерации" Лунгину П. С." (in Russian). Президент России. Официальное интернет-представительство. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  7. ^ "31st Moscow International Film Festival (2009)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  8. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Tsar". Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Деятели культуры России — в поддержку позиции Президента по Украине и Крыму". Ministry for Culture of Russian Federation. 

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