Karen Shakhnazarov

Karen Shakhnazarov

Karen Shakhnazarov in 2016.
Born Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov
(1952-07-08) July 8, 1952
Krasnodar, Soviet Union
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1980 – present

Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov, PAR (Russian: Каре́н Гео́ргиевич Шахназа́ров; born 8 July 1952) is a Soviet and Russian-Armenian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. He became the Director General of the Mosfilm studios in 1998.

Shakhnazarov is the son of a Georgy Shakhnazarov, a politician of Armenian descent, and a Russian housewife Anna Grigorievna Shakhnazarova.[1][2]

His 1987 film Courier was entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival, where it won a Special Prize.[3] In 2002 he was a member of the jury at the 24th Moscow International Film Festival.[4] Since 2005 he has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia.

His 2012 film White Tiger was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[5]

In March 2014 he signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea.[6] For this he was banned from entering Ukraine.[7] Crimea is since March 2014 under dispute by Russia and Ukraine.[8]

Selected filmography

Year English title Original title
1984 We Are from Jazz Мы из джаза
1985 Winter Evening in Gagra Зимний вечер в Гаграх
1987 The Messenger Boy Курьер
1988 Zero City Город Зеро
1991 The Assassin of the Tsar Цареубийца
1993 Dreams Сны
1995 American Daughter Американская дочка
1998 Day of the Full Moon День полнолуния
2001 Poisons or the World History of Poisoning Яды, или Всемирная история отравлений
2004 The Rider Named Death Всадник по имени смерть
2008 The Vanished Empire Исчезнувшая империя
2009 Ward Number 6 Палата № 6
2012 White Tiger Белый тигр
2016 Anna Karenina Анна Каренина


Karen Shakhnazarov is one of several living descendants of the famous Melik-Shahnazarian princely family from Nagorno-Karabakh. The Melik-Shahnazarians ruled Nagorno-Karabakh's province of Varanda in medieval and modern times.[9]


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