Andrey Zvyagintsev

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Andrey Zvyagintsev
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Zvyagintsev in 2009
Native name Андре́й Петро́вич Звя́гинцев
Born Andrey Petrovich Zvyagintsev
(1964-02-06)6 February 1964
Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russian SFSR
Nationality Russian
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Andrey Petrovich Zvyagintsev (Russian: Андре́й Петро́вич Звя́гинцев; born 6 February 1964) is a Russian film director and actor. He is mostly known for his 2003 film The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Following The Return, Zvyagintsev directed The Banishment and Elena. His most recent film Leviathan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014.

Life and career

Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia. At the age of 20 in 1984 he graduated from the drama school in Novosibirsk as an actor. Since 1986 he has lived in Moscow where he continued his studies at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts until 1990. From 1992 to 2000 he worked as an actor for film and theater. In 2000 he began to work for the TV station REN TV and directed three episodes of the television series The Black Room.

In 2003, he directed his first feature film The Return, which received several awards, including a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His second feature film The Banishment premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Palme d'Or.[1] In 2008, he directed "Apocrypha", a short segment for the film New York, I Love You. The segment was eventually cut from the film's theatrical release but is included on the DVD.[2]

His 2011 film, Elena, premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, in the Un Certain Regard section,[3] where it won the Jury Prize.[4]

His 2014 film Leviathan was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[5] Zvyagintsev won the award for Best Screenplay.[6] for Leviathan. Leviathan received a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015. As of January 2015, Leviathan has been nominated for the Academy Award for best Foreign Language Film.

In 2015 he was a jury president of the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival.



  1. "Festival de Cannes: The Banishment". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  2. Johnson, Richard; Froelich, Paula; Hoffmann, Bill; Steindler, Corynne; Shah, Neel (May 2, 2009). "Scarlett Suffers Direct Blow". New York Post. Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  3. "Festival de Cannes: Elena". Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  4. Leffler, Rebecca (2011-05-21). "Un Certain Regard Announces Top Prizes (Cannes 2011)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  5. "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  6. "Awards 2014 : Competition". Cannes. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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