Former cartoonist and children's book writer and illustrator who established his reputation as a director of children's films for adults with the 60-minute feature, "Someone's Ringing, Open the Door"...
Worked as writer and illustrator of childrens' books and as a cartoonist for "Crocodile" (a popular satirical magazine)
Directed first feature, "Zvonyat, otkroitye dver/Someone's Ringing, Open the Door"
Former cartoonist and children's book writer and illustrator who established his reputation as a director of children's films for adults with the 60-minute feature, "Someone's Ringing, Open the Door" (1965) which won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Festival of Children's films. Mitta's subsequent films include "Gori, Gori, Mjoa Zvezda/Shine Brightly My Star" (1970), about an actor's attempts to set up a people's theater during the Russian civil war, the satirical "A Full Stop, A Full Stop, A Comma", the thriller "The Crew", the poetic fantasy, "A Tale of Wanderings" (1984), "The Step" based on the true story of the joint efforts of Soviet and Japanese doctors to conquer polio, and "Lost in Siberia" (1991) a drama about a British scientist imprisoned in a Gulag prison camp during the 1940s which was selected for the 1991 Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight.
The situation in the Soviet Union has changed so incredibly that it's almost hard to believe, yet what we're all having to get used to, of course, is the fact that amid all the changes new and unexpected problems arise. As far as filmmakers go, I think our worry is that people in the Soviet Union won't want to go to the cinema any more because life is so much more dramatic than films could ever be."--Alexander Mitta (PR/"Lost in Siberia")
Mitta's film, "The Crew" is one of the most successful films ever made in the Soviet Union. It has been seen by appoximately 100 million people in more than 90 different countries.
He received a medal from the Pope for film, "Someone's Ringing, Open the Door" (1966)