President of the Russian Culture Foundation
Nikita Mikhalkov is a world-famous Oscar-winning film director, actor, People’s Artist of Russia, Chairman of the Management Board of Cinematographers’ Union of Russia, President of the Russian Fund of Culture, member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and Co-Chair of the Russian Zemstvo Movement Council. He has a Ph.D. from the International Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Nikita Mikhalkov was born in Moscow in 1945 into a distinguished artistic family.
Mikhalkov studied acting at the children’s studio of the Stanislavsky Theatre and later at the Schukin School of the Vakhtangov Theatre.
While still a student, he appeared in Georgy Danelia’s film “I Walk in Moscow” (1964) and his brother Andrei Konchalovsky’s film “A Nest of Gentry” (1969). Mikhalkov continued to pursue his acting career and joined the VGIK Directors Faculty, where he graduated in 1971.
He directed his first short film in 1968, “I’m Coming Home,” and appeared in over twenty films, including his brother’s “Uncle Vanya” (1972), before he co-wrote, directed and starred in his first feature, “At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home” in 1974.
He released films almost every year for the next decade: Slave of Love (1976), Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano (1977), Five Evenings (1979), A Few Days in the Life of Oblomov (1980), Kinfolk (1982) and In Private (1983).
In the late 1980s he established a producers’ association, Tri Te, which still operates successfully today. In 1990, he was elected President of the All-Russia Tennis Association, where he served for five years. In 1993, Mikhalkov was elected President of the management board of the Russian Fund of Culture and Chairman of the management board of Cinematographers’ Union of Russia in 1999.
Mikhalkov’s Burnt by The Sun” (1994) received the Grand Prize at Cannes and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, among many other honours.
In 1998 Nikita Mikhalkov was elected the President of the Russian Society of Cinematographists and has managed the Moscow Film Festival since 2000. He also set the Russian Academy Golden Eagle Award in opposition to the traditional Nika Award.
In 2005, Mikhalkov resumed his acting career, starring in three movies – ’’The State Councelor’’, “Zhmurki”, and Krzysztof Zanussi’s ’’Persona Non Grata’’.
In September 2007 Nikita Mikhalkov’s film “Twelve”, a modern adaptation of Sidney Lumet’s court drama “Twelve Angry Men”, received a special Golden Lion for the “consistent brilliance” at the Venice Film Festival.