Oscar Directors: Russian Filmmaker Zvyagintsev

leviathan_6Born February 6, 1964, Andrey Petrovich Zvyagintsev, the Russian filmmaker is mostly known for his 2003 film The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Fest.

Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia.  In 1984, he graduated from the drama school in Novosibirsk as an actor. In 1986 he moved to Moscow, where he continued his studies at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. In the 1990s, 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 TV series The Black Room.

In 2003, he directed his first, highly acclaimed feature The Return, which received the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Fest.

His second feature, The Banishment premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Fest to mixed critical response.

In 2008, he directed “Apocrypha”, a short segment for the film New York, I Love You. The segment was cut from the film’s theatrical release but is included on the DVD.

His 2011 film, Elena, premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Fest in the Un Certain Regard, where it won the Jury Prize.

His fourth film, Leviathan, will compete for the Palme d’Or in thecompetition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Fest.


The Return (2003)

The Banishment (2007)

New York, I Love You (“Apocrypha” 2009) – segment cut from theatrical release

Elena (2011)

Leviathan (2014)