(b. 1963, Lviv, USSR) studied cinematography at Moscow’s VGIK (1990). He began making films in the late 1980s and, since then, he has won over fifty awards during his career, including a Silver Dove at the Leipzig festival and Best Documentary Film over 30 minutes at Karlovy Vary (Pipeline). He is the publisher of the oldest internet documentary film magazine and the author of the manifesto Reality Cinema. He has been president of the Artdokfest film festival in Moscow since 2006. Selected filmography: Jewish Happiness (1991), Private Chronicles. Monologue (1998), Vladimir Putin. The Leap Year (2001), Anatomy of t.A.T.u. (2003),Virginity (2008), Sunrise/Sunset. Dalai Lama 14 (2008), Nikolina Gora. Epilogue (2009), Motherland or Death (2011), Pipeline (2013).
Source: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016