Film director and screenwriter Andrei Konchalovsky celebrates his 75th jubilee. The author of more than 30 scripts, Konchalovsky has also made 25 films, staged 5 operas and 6 theatre productions in Russia and abroad.
As of today, Konchalovsky remains the only Russian director who first earned fame in Russia and then went to the United States, where he spent several fruitful years and returned to Moscow to continue his career.
He looks like a person who had always wanted to try everything- in life and in work. That is why his films are so different. One of his earliest films,The Story of Asya Klyachina, Who Loved But Did Not Marry (1967) is followed by A Nest of Gentlefolk (1969). Film musical A Lover's Romance (1974)foregoes family saga Siberiade (1979), which won the Special Jury Prize in Cannes. Among his latest works are: Gloss,a social film drama made in 2007, and The Nutcracker: The Untold Story, a 2010 3D fantasy film adaptation of the legendary ballet.
Experimentalist by nature, Konchalovsky went to the U.S. in 1980 to escape the Soviet reality, the Soviet film industry and try his luck in Hollywood. The director explains why he decided to leave:
"I cannot live in a country which is impossible to leave. I had lived in the Soviet Union for quite a long time waiting for a possibility to travel freely. I think that it is possible to become a patriot when you have a chance to leave."