Valery Todorovsky

This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Petrovich and the family name is Todorovsky.
Valery Todorovsky
Born Valery Petrovich Todorovsky
(1962-05-09) 9 May 1962
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Citizenship Soviet Union
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Valery Petrovich Todorovsky (Russian: Вале́рий Петро́вич Тодоро́вский; born 9 May 1962, Odessa) is a Russian film director, screenwriter, TV producer whose best known film is Hipsters (2008). He is the son of Pyotr Todorovsky.


He made a name for himself with the crime melodrama set in Moscow, The Country of Deaf (Strana Glukhikh), scripted by actress-director-scriptwriter Renata Litvinova based on her own novella To Have and to Belong. The film was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] His 2008 musical film Hipsters won the Golden Eagle Award and Nika Award for Best Film.

Of his earlier films, The Hearse (Katafalk) won the Grand Prix at Mannheim (1990) and Love (Lyubov) received Ecumenical Prize at Cannes (1992).[2] In 1999 he was a member of the jury at the 21st Moscow International Film Festival.[3]


Valery Todorovsky also co-produced the Russian gangster TV series Brigada (2002) (which eventually received a cult popularity) and the 2005 TV adaptation of the Master and Margarita.

In 2013, Russian TV main channel “Channel 1” showed a serial "The Thaw" (“Оттепель”). It was Valeriy's debut on TV as a director. The ratings proved the serial was received with a great success. The serial is a melodrama about life in the Soviet Union during the early Nikita Khruschev’s era. This time is commonly known as “The Thaw”.


  1. "Berlinale: 1998 Programme". Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  2. "Wettbewerb/In Competition". Moving Pictures, Berlinale Extra. Berlin: 34. 11–22 February 1998.
  3. "21st Moscow International Film Festival (1999)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
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