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.
Lungin was awarded the Best Director Prize at 1990 Cannes Film Festival for the film Taxi Blues starring Pyotr Mamonov. 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. In 1993 he was a member of the jury at the 18th Moscow International Film Festival.
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.
In 2009 he was the President of the Jury at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival.
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. For this he was banned from entering Ukraine. Crimea is since March 2014 under dispute by Russia and Ukraine.
Filmography (as director)
- Taxi Blues (1990)
- Luna Park (1992)
- Lifeline (1996)
- The Wedding (2000)
- Tycoon (2002)
- Bednye rodstvenniki (Poor Relatives) (2005)
- The Island (2006)
- Tsar (2009)
- Dirizhor (The Conductor) (2012)
- Rodina (Homeland) (2015)
- Лунгин Павел Семёнович
- Биография Павла Лунгина (in Russian). People's History. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
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- "Festival de Cannes: Luna Park". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- "18th Moscow International Film Festival (1993)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
- 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.
- "31st Moscow International Film Festival (2009)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- "Festival de Cannes: Tsar". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- "Деятели культуры России — в поддержку позиции Президента по Украине и Крыму". Ministry for Culture of Russian Federation.
- SBU issues entry ban against 140 Russian artists, UNIAN (5 November 2016)
Ukraine’s State Security Service bans 140 Russian cultural figures from entering country, TASS news agency (5 November 2016)
- Gutterman, Steve. "Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-03-26.