Mikhalkov, Nikita: Profile of Russian Director (and Actor)

Nikita Mikhalkov is the famous Russian director, actor, and screenwriter, who most recently made “12,” which was nominated for the 2007 Best Foreign Language Oscar. Sony Classics will release “12,” a remake of Sideny Lumet's 1957 courtroom drama, in June 2008.

Professional and public activity

President of Russian Culture Foundation (1993)
Board Chairman, Union of Russian Filmmakers (1997)
President, ThreeT Productions (1988)
Member, Committee for Culture and Arts under the President of the Russian Federation
Member, UNESCO Commission of the Russian Federation
Member, Board of the Russian Ministry of Culture
Member, Council of European Film Academy
Professor, Academy of Liberal Arts, San-Marino
Acting Member of the Academy of Humanities
Order of the Labor Red Baner (1987, USSR)
Order for Services to Fatherland, Grade III (1995, Russia)
Order of Sergiy of Radonezh, Grade I, awarded by the Russian Orthodox Church (1997).
Knight of the Legion of Honor (1992, France)
Commander of the Legion of Honor (golden star with emeralds neckband), awarded for
contribution to world culture (1994 France)
Winner Russian State awards for films Urga (1993) and Burnt by the Sun (1995).
Winner of State Award of the Kazakhstan Soviet Socialist Republic (1978) for Tran
Siberian Express film script
Winner of Leninist Komsomol Award (1978).

Awarded several special prizes of honor for contribution into cinema art and promotion
of culture:
Golden Golem (1995, Prague)
Grand Priz of America, International Film Festival in Montreal, 1996.
For contribution into cinema, Baltic Pearl International Film Festival (Jurmala-96)
For contribution into promotion of culture at the International Economic Forum in
Davox (Switzerland, 1996)
Man of the Year 95, ratings of the Russian Biographical Institute.

Polls conducted by Sovetskiy Ekran magazine named him the best actor of 1984.
1963-1966: study at actors department of Theater School named after B. Shchukin.
1967-1971: study at film directors department of VGIK Film School (Romm Studio).

His first important cinematographic job was in the Waling the Streets of Moscow film
(directed by Georgi Daneliya, 1963). Before this he appeared in films The Sun Shins for
Everybody (Directed by Konstantin Voynov), Clouds Over Borsk (directed by Vasili
Ordynsky), Adventures of Krosh (directed by Genrikh Oganisyan).

SCreen Appearances

He also appeared in films: The Red Tent (director Michael Kalatozov), An Unfinished
Piece for a Mechanical Piano (directed by N. Mihalkov), Siberiade (directed by A.
Mihalkov-Konchalovsky), Ruthless Romance (directed Eldar Ryazanov), The Insulted
and the Injured (directed by Andrei Eshpaj), Burnt by the Sun (directed by N.
Mihalkov), Inspector (directed by S. Gazarov) and others.

Nikita Mihalkov is a co-writer of At Home among Strangers, a Stranger at Home (the
other writer was Duard Voolodarsky); he wrote screenplays for Trans-Siberian Express
(co-writer Aleksandr Adabashyan), Dark Eyes (co-writers Aleksandr Adabashyan and
Suso Cecchi dAmico), Burnt by the Sun (co-writer R. Ibragimbekov) etc.
He was stage director of Player Piano in Teatro di Roma (Rome, Italy)
Worked as lecturer in VGIK Film School, at Film Directors Higher Courses; provided
master-classes both in Russia and other countries.


1967: Girl and her Belongings (unofficial title, short film, graduation work)
1968: And I go Home (short film, graduation work)
1970: Quiet Day at Wars End (short film, degree project)
1970: Dear Words (unofficial title, short story in Fitil newsreel, No 94)
1970: A Spoonful of Tar (unofficial title, short story in Fitil newsreel, No 97)
1970: The Unconscientious (unofficial title, short story in Fitil newsreel, No 98)
1972: Victim of Hospitality (unofficial title, short story in Fitil newsreel, No 125)
1974: Object Lesson (unofficial title, short story in Fitil newsreel, No 148)
1974: Lets Start a New Life (unofficial title, short story in Fitil newsreel, No 150)
1974: At Home among Strangers, a Stranger at Home
1975 Slave of Love
1976 An Unfinished Piece for a Mechanical Piano
1978: Five Evenings (produced as filming of A Few Days from the Life of I.I.
Oblomov was underway)
1979: A Few Days from the Life of I.I. Oblomov
1981: Kinfolk
1983: In Private
1987: Dark Eyes
1990: Hitchhiking
1991: Urga
1993: Remembering Chekov
1993: Anna: From Six Till Eighteen (documentary)
1994: Burnt by the Sun
1995: Requiem for the Great Victory (unofficial title, co-writer Sergei
1996: Nikita Mikhalkov. A Sentimental Trip Home. Music of Russian Painting