Karen Schachnasarow - Shakhnazarov
Karen Schachnasarow was born in Russia in 1952 and has been working as a director, screenwriter, producer and novelist. He graduated from the Film Directing Department of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1975, having specialized in film and television directing. Since 1998 he has held the post of General Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mosfilm Cinema Concern. Under his leadership, Russia's largest film studio not only survived a difficult period during the 1990s, but grew to become the largest single filmmaking concern in Europe. Operating at a global level, the studio now produces the greater share of Russian cinema, television and video.
Over the years, Karen Shakhnazarov's films have been shown at several of the most prestigious international film festivals where they have garnered more than 20 awards in various categories. His films Ward No. 6 and White Tiger were selected as the Russian entries for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
2017 Anna Karenina
2012 White Tiger
2009 Ward No. 6
2008 Vanished Empire
2004 The Rider Named Death
2002 The Star
1998 Day of the Full Moon
1995 American Daughter
1988 Zero City
1979 Kind Men
Which should take precedence - passion or duty? How do we choose? And who gets to judge? These are eternal questions, remorselessly thrust upon us by life. Anna Karenina made her choice, leaving her son Sergei to grow up struggling to understand why his mother took such a tragic and terrible path, and Count Vronsky haunted by the memory of the woman for whose death he still blames himself 30 years later. More
Karen Shakhnazarov, the director of Anna Karenina (2017) belonged to the young talents of the cinema of change in the former Soviet Union during the 1980's. The comedy Gorod Zero (Zerograd) is one of the best examples of those years. The film is refreshing in that it thinks through the absurdities of the Soviet everyday life and it shows that the path that was called perestroika back then, has to be a long one. More