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Also Known As: Andrei Mikhalkov Died:
Born: August 20, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Russia Profession: director, screenwriter, assistant director, composer

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The son of two poets (his father wrote the Russian national anthem), Konchalovsky originally studied as a concert pianist before moving on to filmmaking, writing scripts for acclaimed director Andrei Tarkovsky. His short thesis film, "The Boy and the Pigeon", won first prize in its category at the 1962 Venice Film Festival and his feature debut, "The First Teacher" (1965), established his reputation for finely-observed, well-acted character studies. "Asya's Happiness" (1967) was suppressed upon completion but released to critical acclaim in 1988.In 1979 Konchalovsky's three-and-a-half-hour "Siberiade" was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, earning him international attention and leading--partly due to the efforts of actor Jon Voight--to his move to the USA in 1980. Apart from the 1985 Voight-starrer "Runaway Train", however, Konchalovsky's American feature output has been disappointing. He made motion picture history with "Inner Circle" (1991), the first film to shoot scenes inside the Kremlin, KGB headquarters and the Soviet army's war college. For his first small screen effort, an adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" (NBC, 1997), Konchalovsky corralled an impressive cast, including Armand...

The son of two poets (his father wrote the Russian national anthem), Konchalovsky originally studied as a concert pianist before moving on to filmmaking, writing scripts for acclaimed director Andrei Tarkovsky. His short thesis film, "The Boy and the Pigeon", won first prize in its category at the 1962 Venice Film Festival and his feature debut, "The First Teacher" (1965), established his reputation for finely-observed, well-acted character studies. "Asya's Happiness" (1967) was suppressed upon completion but released to critical acclaim in 1988.

In 1979 Konchalovsky's three-and-a-half-hour "Siberiade" was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, earning him international attention and leading--partly due to the efforts of actor Jon Voight--to his move to the USA in 1980. Apart from the 1985 Voight-starrer "Runaway Train", however, Konchalovsky's American feature output has been disappointing. He made motion picture history with "Inner Circle" (1991), the first film to shoot scenes inside the Kremlin, KGB headquarters and the Soviet army's war college. For his first small screen effort, an adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" (NBC, 1997), Konchalovsky corralled an impressive cast, including Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Bernadette Peters and Vanessa Williams, and earned respectable reviews for his efforts.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Gloss (2008)
3.
  Lion in Winter, The (2004) Director
4.
  House of Fools (2002) Director
5.
  Lumiere Et Compagnie (1996) Featured Director
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  Kourotchka Riaba (1994) Director
7.
  Inner Circle, The (1991) Director
8.
  Homer and Eddie (1989) Director
9.
  Tango & Cash (1989) Director
10.
  Shy People (1987) Director

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Studied music for 15 years intending to become a concert pianist
1957:
Abandoned music career; began to study film
1960:
Formed partnership with director Andrei Tarkovsky; wrote "Kotok I Skripka/THe Steamroller and the Violin"
1965:
Directed first feature, "The First Teacher"
1966:
Film "Asya's Happiness" banned by Soviet government (film released in 1988)
1985:
First American film, "Maria's Lovers"
1991:
Directed "Inner Circle", first film to shoot scenes inside the Kremlin, KGB headquarters and the Soviet Red Army's war college
1996:
Helmed first American TV miniseries, "Odyssey" (to air in 1997)
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Education

VGIK: -
Moscow Conservatory of Music: - 1954 - 1957

Notes

In 1979, Konchalovsky was granted permission by the Soviet government to become a legal resident of France. He maintains dual citizenship in Russia and France.

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wife:
Vivianne Mikhalkov. French; worked as an assistant to film director John Berry.

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great-grandfather:
Vassili Surikov. Painter.
grandfather:
Pyotr Konchalovsky. Painter.
father:
Sergei V Mikhalkov. Poet. Head of Soviet writers union; wrote words to Russian national anthem.
mother:
Natalya Konchalovskaya. Poet.
brother:
Nikita Mikhalkov. Director, actor. Younger; appeared in several of Konchalovsky's films.
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