Nikita Mikhalkov is the son of the famous communist poet Sergei Mikhalkov, who wrote the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem and had strong connections to the Communist Party. Nikita Mikhalkov's mother, Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, was also a poet and daughter of famous painter Pyotr Petrovich Konchalovsky by his wife Olga Vasilievna Surikova, and by her the great granddaughter of another great painter Vasily Surikov. And then last, but not least, Nikita Mikhalkov is the brother of Andrei Konchalovsky, also a film director who, unlike Nikita, has worked in the US.
Mikhalkov directed "Burnt by the Sun" Burnt by the Sun (1994) won an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Film but he is also well known as an actor, appearing in over 40 films including "The Barber of Siberia" The Barber of Siberia (1998) where he played the Russian Tsar "Alexander III" opposite Julia Ormond.
Mikhailkov has impressive long list of wins at Cannes, Venice, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, European Film Awards etc.
Following his movie's Oscar win, Nikita Mikhalkov, has won a parliamentary seat in Victor Chernomyrdin's party. He is always in the spotlight, especially in Moscow, where he lives.
Russian film-maker and actor Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov was born on October, 21, 1945, a son of a well-known Russian poet Sergei Mikhalkov, who provided lyrics for the Russian anthem, and Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, also a poet. As a child he was exposed to genuine literary talk at home, which was a fulcrum for a Russian art community. Mikhalkov was educated at the state film school VGIK and graduated in 1971 with a short film Quiet Day at War's End as his degree project. He quickly established himself as one of the most promising Russian directors with a vision of his own. Fame and recognition came with At Home among Strangers (1974) - a crime story set against the backdrop of a civil war. A biopic about a silent movie star Slave of Love (1976), An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano (1977), and A Few Days in the Life of I.I.Oblomov (1979) - the latter two inspired by the themes from the Russian classical literature - were praised for technical brilliance.
Mikhalkov often starred in his films and occasionally appeared in other directors' movies. Five Evenings (1979) and Kinfolk (1981) combined comedy and drama in consideration of important issues of the day. As his fame and international audience grew, his films never went unnoticed at prestigious European film festivals and earned him numerous awards. Dark Eyes (1987) - a love story loosely based on Chekhov's novel, Hitch-hiking (1990), and Close to Eden (1991) enjoyed popularity with cinema-goers and got widespread critical acclaim.
Mikhalkov's personal ambition was to repeat a success of The Cranes Are Flying - the only Russian film to have won the Palme d"Or at the Cannes Festival. In 1994, his Stalin era drama Burnt by the Sun (1994) was overshadowed by Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) at Cannes and, upon returning home, he made some unpleasant remarks about "those people in France neglecting masterpieces" and vowed never to take part in any film festival, again. So far, he has kept his promise. Burnt by the Sun, however, became a hit of its own and won an Academy Award (Oscar) for the Best Foreign Film. Because of his controversial political views, he fell from public favor in the late 1990s, although his The Barber of Siberia (1998) (aka "The Barber of Siberia" (1998)) - a grandiose, big budget romance set in the 19th century Russia - became a runaway box office success. Opinions on his directing polarize. Some view him as the greatest living Russian film-maker. The others say that he is a typical old school director who fails to produce new ideas in his films.
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He is the younger brother of Andrey Konchalovskiy and one of the most famous Soviet/Russian filmmakers.
Studied directing under Mikhail Romm graduating in 1971 as film director.
Mother was Natalia Petrovna Konchalovskaya Mikhalkova, a poet.
Son of Sergei Mikhalkov, author of children's books and writer of lyrics to the Soviet national anthem.
His great-grandfather, S.V. Mikhalkov, was chairman of noblemen assembly in Yaroslavl Governorate and son of princess Elizaveta Golitizine.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 683-687. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 1996
Good friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The 2007 Venice Film Festival jury favored his movie 12 (2007), so for the first time in the festival's history, a Special Lion for Overall Work was given to him (8 September 2007).
Donated fourteen million rubles of his own money to support veterans and retired actors.
After hosting the 31st Russian International Film Festival in 2009, Mikhalkov controversially announced his disappointment in upcoming Russian filmmakers, stating that producers and production companies should stop sucking up to rich, backed-up people and should really fund the talented, gifted filmmakers.
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