Cinematryoshka: Andrei Konchalovsky, the darling of the Venice Film Festival

This year's Venice Film Festival featured the film "Postman's White Nights" by Andrei Konchalovsky, which took the Silver Lion. The prize for best director was an unexpected award for Konchalovsky.

The movie did not have a script. "We sometimes got to the film site and didn't know what we're going to film that day. The script was written after I started putting the film together," Konchalovsky shares.

He is a true representative of the Russian intelligentsia, the grandson of the painter Peter Konchalovsky, son of the poet and composer of the Russian national anthem Sergey Mikhalkov, and brother to another in-demand Russian director, Nikita Mikhalkov. We briefly review the highlights of Andrei Konchalovsky's astonishing career.

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