(b. 1969, Rostov-on-Don, USSR) began directing for the stage while studying physics in Rostov-on-Don. His first Moscow production of Vassily Sigarev’s play Plasticine brought him international recognition. His television and theatre plays have won various awards. He has been artistic director of Moscow’s Gogol Center, a leading stage venue, since 2012. In his film debut Ragin (2004), which won KVIFF’s East of the West Competition in 2005, he was already examining the moral aspects of his heroes’ transformations.Playing the Victim (Izobrazhaya zhertvu, 2006), like his latest title The Student (2016), is based on his own stage production. The drama Yuri’s Day (Yuryev dyen, 2008), about an opera singer who bids farewell to her homeland, mysteriously loses her son in a remote village, and then finds out who she really is, won three awards at the Locarno IFF.
Source: Karlovy Vary Film Festival