Nikita Mikhalkov

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Possessing an impeccable artistic pedigree, actor-writer-director Nikita Mikhalkov prospered during the Soviet era and survived the collapse of Communism, becoming his country's best-known and successful film director ... Read more »
Born: 10/20/1945 in Russia

Filmography

Director (17)

A Quiet Day at the End of the War 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Oblomov 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Sunstroke 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Without Witness 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Burnt by the Sun 3: The Citadel 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Burnt by the Sun 2 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

12 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Barber of Siberia 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Anna 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Burnt By the Sun 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Close to Eden 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Eyes 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Family Relations 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

A Slave Of Love 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Five Evenings 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

At Home Among Strangers 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (12)

Belief, Hope and Blood 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Burnt by the Sun 3: The Citadel 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Burnt by the Sun 2 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

12 2009 (Movie)

Foreman (Actor)

Mne Ne Bolno 2006 (Movie)

Sergei Sergeyevich (Actor)

Persona Non Grata 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Barber of Siberia 1999 (Movie)

Tzar Alexander III (Actor)

Anna 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Burnt By the Sun 1995 (Movie)

Serguei Petrovitch Kotov (Actor)

Polioty Vo Sne Naiavou 1982 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Vokzal dla dvoish 1982 (Movie)

Vera's Boyfriend (Actor)

Siberiade 1979 (Movie)

Alexei (Actor)
Writer (9)

Burnt by the Sun 2 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

12 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Barber of Siberia 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Barber of Siberia 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anna 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Burnt By the Sun 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Close to Eden 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Dark Eyes 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Five Evenings 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (9)

Burnt by the Sun 3: The Citadel 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Burnt by the Sun 2 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

12 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Book of Masters 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

1612 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Persona Non Grata 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Barber of Siberia 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Anna 1996 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Burnt By the Sun 1995 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Other (3)

Anna 1996 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

The Russian Idea 1995 (Movie)

made in association with Nikita Mikhalkov (Other)

Close to Eden 1992 (Movie)

from original idea (Other)

Biography

Possessing an impeccable artistic pedigree, actor-writer-director Nikita Mikhalkov prospered during the Soviet era and survived the collapse of Communism, becoming his country's best-known and successful film director, not to mention a leading candidate to succeed Boris Yeltsin as President of Russia. His father was Sergei Mikhalkov, a poet and author of children's books, who wrote the lyrics to the Soviet national anthem and whose Communist Party ties (he was head of the Soviet Writers Union) helped shield Nikita from the censorship and persecution that forced other filmmakers to curb their careers or compromise shamefully with the government. His mother, Natalya Konchalovskaya, descended from aristocracy, was a poet-essayist and the great-granddaughter of Vasily Surikov, one of Russia's most famous painters, and her father Pyotr Konchalovsky was a major painter of the post-Impressionist school. Older brother Andrei Konchalovsky, also a renowned filmmaker, moved to the West and made a splash with "Runaway Train" (1985), but his subsequent Hollywood films failed to live up to its promise (or that of his epic "Siberiade" 1979). Remaining behind in his Russian homeland, Mikhalkov managed to forge the more acclaimed career.

Relationships

Natalya Konchalovskaya

Mother

Pyotr Konchalovsky

Grandfather
Maternal grandfather a major post-Impressionist painter

Anna Mikhalkov

Daughter
Mother, Anastasiya Vertinskaya subject of a documentary directed by her father

Nadia Mikhalkov

Daughter
Born c. 1986 appeared in "Burnt by the Sun"

Stepan Mikhalkov

Son
Mother, Anastasiya Vertinskaya served as an assistant director on Fred Schepisi's "Russia House" (1990)

Sergei Mikhalkov

Father
Head of Soviet writers union wrote the Russian national anthem

Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky

Brother
Directed epic "Siberiade" (1979) in which Mikhalkov appeared

Tatiana Mikhalkova

Wife
Married in the 1970s

Vassili Surikov

Great-Grandfather
Maternal great-grandfather

Anastasia Vertinskaya Actor

Wife
Divorced

EDUCATION

Schukin School of the Vakhtangov Theatre

Moscow Art Theatre

Studied acting at the children's studio

VGIK

1970
Studied under Mikhail Romm; graduation film, "A Quiet Day at the End of the War" (1970, released after the success of later pictures)

Milestones

2007

Helmed the Russian film, "12"; film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

1998

Helmed (also wrote) "The Barber of Siberia" starring Julia Ormond and Richard Harris; dubbed all the English for the Russian release; collaborated with Seydoux and Artemiev

1995

Won seat in Russian parliamentary elections in December; declined to take seat in January 1996 because of conflict with film he was making

1994

Reteamed with Seydoux for "Anna"; a documentary featuring Mikhalkov's daughter Anna

1994

Helmed the acclaimed film about Stalinism, "Burnt by the Sun"; won Best Foreign Film Oscar; cut 18 minutes from Oscar-winning print for its US release

1991

First collaboration with French producer Michel Seydoux, "Close to Eden"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film

1987

Returned to Chekhov (stories) as the basis for his heartbreaking "Dark Eyes"; co-adapted (with Adabachian and Suso Checchi D'Amico)

1979

Featured as womanizing oil driller in brother's epic film "Siberiade"

1979

Directed feature "Oblomov"; adapted with Adabachian from Gonchorov's massive novel

1978

Helmed "Five Evenings," which he co-adapted (with Adabachian) from Alexander Volodin's stage play

1977

Co-scripted (with brother and Adabachian) Eldor Urazbayer's "Trans-Siberian Express"

1977

Co-adapted (with Adabachian) Chekhov's play "Platonov" into "An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano"; also directed

1976

Established international reputation with his second feature "A Slave of Love"; co-written by his brother and Friedrich Gorenstein

1974

Feature film directorial debut, "At Home Among Strangers"; first collaboration with cameraman Pavel Lebeshov and composer Eduard Artemiev

1972

Appeared in brother's film version of Anton Chekhov's play "Uncle Vanya"

1969

Helmed graduation film "A Quiet Day at the End of the War"; marked first collaboration with Alexander Adabachian

1968

Acted in his brother Andrei Konchalvsky's film "A Nest of Gentlefolk"

1968

While attending VGIK, made directorial debut with short film "I'm Coming Home"

1964

Enjoyed first acting acclaim in Georgy Danelia's "I Step Through Moscow"

1959

Early film acting role in "The Sun Shines on All"

Bonus Trivia

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To avoid confusion the brothers divided their hyphenated last name between them, with Nikita billing himself as Mikhalkov and Andrei eventually becoming known as Konchalovsky.

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"We represent two different trends in Russian development of the last several centuries. I am a Westerner and more cosmopolitan, and Nikita is a nationalist, more a Slavophile. I am more rational; he is very emotional, and that makes him impassioned and intolerant, as real Russians are." - brother Andrei Konchalovsky, from a 1992 article in The New York Times

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He refers to post-Soviet Russian leaders as the New Bolsheviks: "People want to forget, to ignore what's come before. This is what I call a lack of memory and a lack of God. None of the leaders has God in his soul. The people who came to power right after the revolution, and those who have seized power now, they have gotten everything right away. They want to possesss everything, power, the privileges of power. And to have what you're not entitled to you have to either talk people into forgetting everything that has happened before, or force them to forget it. But you also have to be absolutely indifferent to what will be said about you in a few decades." - Nikita Mikhalkov to Newsday, April 17, 1995

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"Russia is open to Western influences but we are also subject to the eastern winds of anarchy. Many people think you can just mechanically transplant and adapt Western reforms here. All reforms can work here but they need to be explained. Intelligent reformers educated at Oxford and other places just implemented reforms without understanding Russia's complexities. "This film ('The Barber of Siberia') is not so much about how Russia was, rather about how Russia should be. It's a film about honour; and honour is what is lacking most in my country today. I am a real patriot, which should not be confused with nationalism. To save itself Russia must look to itself. It must become self-reliant. Things cannot always be bad. It is time to improve life in Russia." - Nikita Mikhalkov quoted in the London Times, Jan. 23, 1999

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