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Andrei Zvyagintsev, director/co-writer. Andrei Zvyagintsev was born in 1964 in Novosibirsk, Siberia. After graduating in 1990 from the acting department of Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS), where he studied under Eugene Lazarev, Andrei went on to act in independent theatre, TV and film. In 2000 he made his directorial debut with three episodes for REN TV’s “The Black Room”. He won over 40 prestigious international awards for his film. Zvyagintsev’s first motion picture, The Return, was nominated for a Golden Globe after winning the Golden Lion and the Lion of the Future for Best Director’s Debut at the 60th Venice Film Festival in 2003. The film was sold to 75 countries.His second feature, The Banishment, premiered at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and earned Konstantin Lavronenko the Palme D’Or for Best Leading Actor, the first ever for a Russian actor. Andrei Zvyagintsev also won 2010 Sundance / NHK International Filmmakers Award for the script of Elena.