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Andrei Konchalovsky
Born Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov
20 August 1937 (1937-08-20) (age 72)
Moscow, Russia (former Soviet Union)
Other name(s) Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky
Occupation Film director
Years active 1964-present
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Andrei Konchalovsky (Russian: Андре́й Серге́евич Михалко́в-Кончало́вский) (born 20 August 1937) is a Soviet and Russian filmmaker.




Early years

Born as Andron Sergeyevich Mikhalkov in Moscow, Soviet Russia to an aristocratic family of Mikhalkovs with centuries-old artistic and aristocratic roots, he changed his first name to Andrei and took his maternal grandfather's surname (Konchalovsky) as his stage name. He is the brother of Nikita Mikhalkov and the son of Sergei Mikhalkov.

He studied for ten years at the Moscow Conservatory, preparing for a pianist's career. In 1960, however, he met Andrei Tarkovsky and co-scripted his movie Andrei Rublev (1966).


His first full-length feature, The First Teacher (1964), was favourably received in the Soviet Union and screened by numerous film festivals abroad. His second film, Asya Klyachina's Story (1967), was suppressed by Soviet authorities. When issued twenty years later, it was acclaimed as his masterpiece. Thereupon, Konchalovsky filmed adaptations of Ivan Turgenev's A Nest of Gentle Folk (1969) and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1970), with Innokenty Smoktunovsky in the title role. His epic Siberiade upon its 1979 release was favourably received at Cannes and made possible his move to the United States in 1980.

His most popular Hollywood releases are Maria's Lovers (1984), Runaway Train (1985) based on a script by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, and Tango & Cash (1989), starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. In the 1990s Konchalovsky returned to Russia, although he occasionally produced historical films for U.S. television, such as the spectacular The Odyssey (1997) and the award-winning remake, The Lion in Winter (2003).

Konchalovsky's latest full-length feature, House of Fools (2003, with a cameo role by Bryan Adams playing himself) set in a Chechen psychiatric asylum during the war, won him a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Personal life

Konchalovsky has been married four times. His first wife was Kazakh actress Natalia Arinbasarova, with whom he has two sons: Yegor, born January 15, 1966, and Stepan. His second wife was Irina Kandat. His third wife was Viviane Godet, with whom he has a daughter, Alexandra Mikhalkova, born October 6, 1971.

After he came to America, while not working, he lived with Shirley MacLaine, then left her for Nastassja Kinski, who helped him secure a contract with producer Menahem Golan for Maria's Lovers.[1] He is currently married to Russian actress Yuliya Vysotskaya.


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