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Andrei Konchalovsky

Andrei Konchalovsky
Andrei Konchalovsky in 2010
Born Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov
(1937-08-20) August 20, 1937
Moscow, USSR
Other names Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1964–present


Andrei Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky (Russian: Андре́й Серге́евич Михалко́в-Кончало́вский; born August 20, 1937) is a Russian-American film director, film producer and screenwriter.[1] He was a frequent collaborator of Andrei Tarkovsky earlier in his career.

He is the son of Natalia Konchalovskaya and Sergey Mikhalkov, and brother to Nikita Mikhalkov who is also a well known Russian film director.


  • Biography 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Career 1.2
    • Personal life 1.3
  • Accolades 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Director 3.1
    • Documentaries 3.2
    • Screenplays 3.3
    • Music videos 3.4
    • Production 3.5
    • Acting 3.6
    • Films about Konchalovsky 3.7
    • Theatre projects 3.8
    • Operas 3.9
    • Bibliography 3.10
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Early years

Born as Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov in Moscow, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to an aristocratic family of Mikhalkovs with centuries-old artistic and aristocratic heritage tracing their roots to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania,[2] he changed his first name to Andrei and took his maternal grandfather's surname (Konchalovsky) as his stage name. He is the brother of Nikita Mikhalkov and the son of Sergei Mikhalkov.

He studied for ten years at the Moscow Conservatory, preparing for a pianist's career. In 1960, however, he met Andrei Tarkovsky and co-scripted his movie Andrei Rublev (1966).


His first full-length feature, The First Teacher (1964), was favourably received in the Soviet Union and screened by numerous film festivals abroad. His second film, Asya Klyachina's Story (1967), was suppressed by Soviet authorities. When issued twenty years later, it was acclaimed as his masterpiece. Thereupon, Konchalovsky filmed adaptations of Ivan Turgenev's A Nest of Gentle Folk (1969) and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1970), with Innokenty Smoktunovsky in the title role.

In 1979 he was a member of the jury at the 11th Moscow International Film Festival.[3] His epic Siberiade upon its 1979 release was favourably received at Cannes and made possible his move to the United States in 1980.

His most popular Hollywood releases are Maria's Lovers (1984), Runaway Train (1985) based on a script by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, and Tango & Cash (1989), starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. In the 1990s Konchalovsky returned to Russia, although he occasionally produced historical films for U.S. television, such as his adaption of The Odyssey (1997) and the award-winning remake, The Lion in Winter (2003).

Konchalovsky's full-length feature, House of Fools (2003), with a cameo role by Bryan Adams as himself, set in a Chechen psychiatric asylum during the war, won him a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

His film, The Nutcracker in 3D had its American release on November 24, 2010 and will premiere in Estonia and Russia on January 1, 2011.[4] The film had a reported $90,000,000 budget and brought in a total of $65,944 in its U.S opening weekend.[5] The film was also critically derided, with Roger Ebert stating in his review of the film, "From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for 'The Nutcracker in 3D?' Who considered it even remotely a plausible idea for a movie?"[6]

His upcoming film The Postman's White Nights has been selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.[7][8]

Personal life

Konchalovsky has been married five times. His first wife was Irina Kandat. His second wife was Kazakh actress Natalia Arinbasarova, with whom he has one son: Yegor, born January 15, 1966. His third wife was Viviane Godet, with whom he has a daughter, Alexandra Mikhalkova, born October 6, 1971. His fourth wife is Irina Ivanova, with whom he has two daughters: Nathalia and Elena. His fifth wife is Yulia Vysotskaya, with whom he has two children: Maria and Piotr.

After he came to America, while not working, he lived with Shirley MacLaine, then left her for Nastassja Kinski, who helped him secure a contract with producer Menahem Golan for Maria's Lovers.[9] He is currently married to Russian actress Yuliya Vysotskaya.




  • 1961 The Boy and the Dove (coursework with E. Ostashenko). Top prize (in debutants' competition) at the Children and Youth Film Festival in Venice (Italy), 1962.
  • 1965 The First Teacher (thesis). “Volpi Cup” for Best Actress (N. Arinbasarova) at the Venice International Film Festival (Italy), 1966. Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director, Finland, 1973.
  • 1967 The Story of Asya Klyachina, Who Loved But Did Not Marry. International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award – Honorable Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1988. The Nika Award (Soviet Union) for Best Director, 1989.
  • 1969 A Nest of Gentlefolk. Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director at the International Film Festival in Finland, 1973.
  • 1970 Uncle Vanya. Silver Seashell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain), 1971. The Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director at the International Film Festival in Finland, 1973.
  • 1974 A Lover's Romance. Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czechoslovakia), 1974.
  • 1979 Siberiade. Special Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival (France), 1979.
  • 1982 Split Cherry Tree (USA). Best Short Film Academy Award nomination.
  • 1984 Maria's Lovers (USA). Silver Ribbon from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Critics and Journalists (Italy), 1985. Nominated for the “César” to Best Foreign Film, 1985.
  • 1985 Runaway Train (USA). Golden Globes Award for Best Actor (drama) to Jon Voight (USA), 1986. Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing, Best Actor (Jon Voight) and Best Supporting Actor (Eric Roberts), USA, 1986.
  • 1986 Duet for One (USA). Golden Globes nomination for Best Actress (Julie Andrews) USA, 1987.
  • 1987 Shy People (USA). Best Actress Award (Barbara Hershey) at the Cannes International Film Festival (France), 1987.
  • 1989 Tango & Cash (USA)
  • 1989 Homer and Eddie (USA). Golden Seashell (tied with La nación clandestina) at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain), 1989.
  • 1992 The Inner Circle (USA). Nominated for “Nika” Award for Best Composer (Edward Artemiev) Russia, 1993. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[11]
  • 1994 Ryaba, My Chicken. Import Award at the Tromsø International Film Festival (Norway), 1995. Golden Palm nomination at the Cannes International Film Festival, 1994. Nika Award nomination for Best Film and Best Actress (Inna Churikova), 1995. Kinoshock Film Festival Award (Russia), 1994.
  • 1997 The Odyssey (TV miniseries) (USA). Emmy Awards for Best Director of TV Miniseries and Best Special Effects for TV Miniseries (Mike McGee), 1997. Golden Globes nomination for Best TV Miniseries and Best Actor in TV Miniseries (Armand Assante), 1998.
  • 2002 House of Fools. Grand Special Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival 2002 (Italy). UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Award (2002). Jury Award – Honourable Mention at the 2002 Bergen International Film Festival (Norway).
  • 2003 The Lion in Winter TV (USA). Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television award (Glenn Close) at the "2005 Golden Globes" (USA). Outstanding Director of a Mini-Series award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (Monaco). Winner of the 2004 Emmy award for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (C. Boyle, M. Rubalcava, R. McGuirke). Golden Globe nomination in 2005 for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television award and for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television (Patrick Stewart).
  • 2007 Gloss. Best Actress prize at the 2008 MTV-Russia film awards.
  • 2007 In the Dark (Dans le noir) in the collective film "To Each His Own Cinema" (Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence).
  • 2010 The Nutcracker in 3D
  • 2014 The Postman's White Nights


  • 2003 Sergei Prokofiev TV documentary in the “Geniuses” series.
  • 2003 Sergei Rachmaninoff TV documentary in the “Geniuses” series.
  • 2004 Yuri Andropov TV documentary in “The Burden of Power” series, in collaboration with A. Kolesnikov.
  • 2004 Heydar Aliyev TV documentary in “The Burden of Power” series.
  • 2005 Culture is Destiny documentary, 2005. Author and presenter: Andrei Konchalovsky, director: Igor Kalyadin.
  • 2006 Alexander Scriabin TV documentary in the “Geniuses” series.
  • 2006 Igor Stravinsky TV documentary in the "Geniuses" series.
  • 2007 Dmitri Shostakovich TV documentary in the "Geniuses" series.
  • 2007 Vladimir Sofronitsky TV documentary in the "Geniuses" series.
  • 2012 Bitva za Ukrainu


  • 1960 The Steamroller and the Violin. Co-scripted with A. Tarkovsky.
  • 1961 The Boy and the Dove (coursework with E. Ostashenko). Top prize (in the débutantes' competition) for the Children and Youth Film Festival in Venice (Italy), 1962.
  • 1962 Ivan's Childhood. Co-scripted with V. Bogomolov, M. Papava, A. Tarkovsky. “Golden Lion” at the 1962 Venice International Film Festival (Italy).
  • 1965 The First Teacher. Co-scripted with Ch. Aitmatov, B. Dobrodeev, A. Tarkovsky.
  • 1966 Andrei Rublev. Co-scripted with A. Tarkovsky. FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, 1969 (France).
  • 1967 Tashkent, a City of Plenty. Co-scripted with A. Neverov, A. Tarkovsky.
  • 1969 A Nest of Gentlefolk (based on the novel by I. Turgenev). Co-scripted with V. Ezhov.
  • 1970 Uncle Vanya. Author of the adapted screenplay.
  • 1970 End of the Ataman. Co-scripted with A. Tarkovsky, E. Tropinin.
  • 1972 We're Waiting for You, Lad (Zhdem tebya, paren). Co-scripted with E. Tropinin.
  • 1972 The Seventh Bullet. Co-scripted with F. Gorenstein.
  • 1973 The Fierce One. Co-scripted with A. Tarkovsky, E. Tropinin.
  • 1973 The Admirer (Poklonnik). Co-scripted with A. Khachaturov.
  • 1974 Song About Manshuk. Author of the screenplay.
  • 1975 One Life Is Not Enough (Odnoi zhizniy malo). Author of the screenplay.
  • 1978 Blood and Sweat (Krov i pot). Co-scripted with A. Khachaturov.
  • 1976 A Slave of Love (Raba lyubvi). Co-scripted with F. Gorenstein.
  • 1977 Trans-Siberian Express (Transsibirksiy express). Co-scripted with A. Adabashyan, N. Mikhalkov.
  • 1978 Siberiade. Co-scripted with Ezhov.
  • 1983 Maria's Lovers (USA). Co-scripted with J. Brush, P. Zindel, F. Bayars.
  • 1986 Duet for One (USA) (based on the play by T. Kempinski). Co-scripted with R. Garcia.
  • 1987 Shy People (USA). Co-scripted with J. Brush, M. David.
  • 1992 The Inner Circle. Co-scripted with A. Usov.
  • 1994 Ryaba, My Chicken. Co-scripted with V. Merezhko.
  • 2007 Moscow Chill. Co-scripted with C. Solimine.
  • 2010 The Nutcracker in 3D. Co-scripted with C. Solimine.

Music videos

  • 2007 Dorogie moi moskvichi (My Dear Muscovites), by singer Dima Bilan.
  • 2007 O Sole Miо, by singer Dima Bilan.


  • 1994 Ryaba, My Chicken. Co-produced with S. Bayev, C. Bolzli, D. Ouaknine, N. Garo.
  • 2002 House of Fools. Co-produced with S. Khramtsov, F. Kleiman.
  • 2007 Moscow Chill. Co-produced with D. Dobouzhinsky, O. Ioguchevym, C. Tuffin.
  • 2010 The Last Station. Executive producer.
  • 2010 The Nutcracker in 3D. Co-produced with P. Lowin, J. Circó, M. Clark, M. Borman.


  • 1961 The Trial of Madmen
  • 1962 Ivan's Childhood (a soldier)
  • 1964 I Am Twenty (Mne dvadtsat let) (Yuri)
  • 1994 Ryaba, My Chicken (a customer at the barber's, uncredited)

Films about Konchalovsky

  • 2007 Andrei Konchalovsky. On Stage. A documentary directed by Nikita Tikhonov.
  • 2007 Andrei Konchalovsky. On the Silver Screen. A documentary directed by Alexei Kolesnikov.

Theatre projects

  • “Eugene Onegin”. A play performed at La Scala, Italy, in 1985.
  • “The Queen of Spades”. A play performed at La Scala, Italy, in 1990.
  • “Miss Julie”. A play performed at the Malaya Bronnaya Theatre, Moscow, in 2005.
  • “King Lear”. A play performed at Na Woli, Warsaw, in 2006.
  • “The Seagull”. A play performed at the Odeon Theatre, Paris, in 1987, and at the Mossovet Theatre, Moscow, in 2004. Toured Italy in 2007.
  • “Uncle Vanya”. A play performed at the Mossovet Theatre, Moscow, since 2009. Toured Italy in 2009, the Baltics in 2009 and Israel in 2010.


  • War and Peace”. An opera staged at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, in 2000, and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 2002 and 2009.
  • Un ballo in maschera”. An opera staged at the Teatro Regio, Italy, in 2001, and at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, in 2001.
  • Boris Godunov”. An opera staged at the Teatro Regio, Turin, Italy, in 2010.
  • “Our Ancient Capital”. A musical event held to commemorate Moscow's 850th anniversary on Red Square in 1997.
  • “Celebrating 300 Years of St. Petersburg”. A spectacular show held in St. Petersburg, in 2003.


  • 1977 “Parabola of Concept”
  • 1991 “The Inner Circle: An Inside View of Soviet Life Under Stalin”
  • 1998 “Low Truths”
  • 1999 “Elevating Deception”
  • 2001 “White Lilac”
  • 2006 “Low Truths Seven Years Later”
  • 2007 “On the Stand of a Reactionary” (co-written with V.B. Pastukhov)


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  5. ^ The Nutcracker in 3D (2010). Box Office Mojo (2010-12-16). Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  6. ^ The Nutcracker in 3D :: :: Reviews. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  7. ^ "International competition of feature films". Venice. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced". Deadline. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Организуй себя в библиотеке FictionBook. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  10. ^ "20th Moscow International Film Festival (1997)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Berlinale: 1992 Programme". Retrieved 2011-05-22. 

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