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 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.

Life and career

Early years

Konchalovsky was 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 filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov and the son of author 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 premiered 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 film The Postman's White Nights won the Silver 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.



As director

Year Title Notes
1961 The Boy and the Dove  Soviet Union
Coursework with E. Ostashenko
Top prize (in debutants' competition) at the 1962 Children and Youth Film Festival in Venice, Italy
1965 The First Teacher  Soviet Union
Volpi Cup for Best Actress (Natalya Arinbasarova) at the Venice International Film Festival, 1966.
Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director, Finland, 1973
1967 The Story of Asya Klyachina, Who Loved But Did Not Marry  Soviet Union
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  Soviet Union
Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director at the International Film Festival in Finland, 1973
1970 Uncle Vanya  Soviet Union
Silver Seashell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival (Spain), 1971
Jussi Award for Best Foreign Director at the International Film Festival in Finland, 1973
1974 A Lover's Romance  Soviet Union
Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czechoslovakia), 1974
1979 Siberiade  Soviet Union
Grand Prix Spécial du Jury at the 32nd Cannes Film Festival, 1979
1982 Split Cherry Tree  United States
Best Short Film Academy Award nomination
1984 Maria's Lovers  United States
Silver Ribbon from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Critics and Journalists, 1985
Nominated for the César Award for Best Foreign Film, 1985
1985 Runaway Train  United States
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama to Jon Voight, 1985
Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing, Best Actor (Jon Voight) and Best Supporting Actor (Eric Roberts), 1985
1986 Duet for One  United States
Golden Globes nomination for Best Actress in a Drama (Julie Andrews) 1987
1987 Shy People  United States
Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Barbara Hershey, 1987
1989 Tango & Cash  United States
1989 Homer and Eddie  United States
Golden Shell (tied with La nación clandestina) at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain), 1989
1992 The Inner Circle  United States
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 Assia and the Hen with the Golden Eggs
a.k.a. Kurochka Ryaba or Ryaba, My Chicken
Import Award at the Tromsø International Film Festival (Norway), 1995
Palme d'Or 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)  United States
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and for Outstanding Special Visual Effects (Mike McGee), 1997
Golden Globes nominations for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film (Armand Assante), 1997
2002 House of Fools  Russia
Grand Special Jury Prize and UNICEF Award at the Venice Film Festival, 2002
Jury Award – Honourable Mention at the 2002 Bergen International Film Festival (Norway)
2003 The Lion in Winter Showtime  United States
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film (Glenn Close)
Outstanding Director of a Mini-Series award at the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo (Monaco)
Winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Consolata Boyle, Rhona McGuirke, Magdalen Rubalcava)
Golden Globe nominations for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (Patrick Stewart)
2007 Gloss  Russia
Best Female Performance prize at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards Russia (Julia Vysotskaya)
2007 Dans le noir (In the Dark)  France
Short film in the anthology To Each His Own Cinema (Chacun son cinéma : une déclaration d'amour au grand écran)
2010 The Nutcracker in 3D  Hungary/ United Kingdom
2014 The Postman's White Nights  Russia
Winner of the Silver Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival
2016 Paradise  Russia/ Germany
Winner of the Silver Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival[12]



Music videos



Films about Konchalovsky

Theatre projects




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  3. "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
  4. The Nutcracker in 3D (2010),
  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. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  11. "Berlinale: 1992 Programme". Retrieved 2011-05-22.
  12. "Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion To 'The Woman Who Left'; Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals', Emma Stone Take Major Prizes – Full List". Deadline. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.

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