ALEXANDER RODNYANSKY
ALEXANDER RODNYANSKY

Alexander Rodnyansky is a seasoned filmmaker. He started as a documentary director and over the course of his career, which began in 1984 and span over a decade, he has directed 10 feature documentaries (including Raoul Wallenbergs Mission and USSR 1 and 2) which won him numerous national and international awards including the highest award for a documentary filmmaker in the USSR the Russian National Film Award NIKA.

He left documentary filmmaking in the early 90s to focus on film producing. Over the course of his career Mr. Rodnyansky produced over two dozen feature films, both box-office champions as well as the critically acclaimed festival features.

All of the Russian genre films produced by Mr. Rodnyansky has become box-office champions. He was the producer of all of the films directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk 9th Company, Inhabited Island and Stalingrad (the highest grossing Russian film of the decade and the first ever Russian film in IMAX 3D) as well as the producer of two high grossing romantic comedies - Piter FM directed by Oksana Bychkova and The Heat directed by Rezo Gigineishvili.

Mr. Rodnyanskys involvement in the Russian auteurs cinema is extensive, over the course of his career he worked with the best Russian independent directors.

List of critically acclaimed Russian films produced by Alexander Rodnyansky.

  • Elena by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Special prize of the Un Certain Regard program at the Cannes Film Festival)
  • Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Best Script at Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globe and the Academy award nomination for the Best Film not in the English language)
  • The Sun, directed by Alexander Sokurov (official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Innocent Saturday by Alexander Mindadze (official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival)
  • ?Vivan las Antipodas! by Victor Kossakovsky (an opening film of the Venice Film Festival)
  • A Driver for Vera, directed by Pavel Chukhray.

Among the international projects of which Mr. Rodnyansky was a part of, the most notable are:

  • Est Ouest by R?gis Wargnier (nominated for Oscar as the Best Film not in the English language)
  • A Chef in Love by Nana Dzhordzhadze (nominated for Oscar as the Best Film not in the English language)
  • Jayne Mansfields Car, directed by Billy Bob Thornton (official selection of the Berlin Film Festival)
  • Standing Up! Directed by DJ Caruso.
  • Devils Pass, directed by Renny Harlin.

As a producer-financier Mr. Rodnyansky produced such notable films as:

  • The Cloud Atals, directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykver
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, directed by Robert Rodrigues
  • Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodrigues

In 2013 a book by Alexander Rodnyansky "What makes a producer" was published and quickly became one of the best-selling non-fiction books of the year. In 2015 a second edition of the book was published with additional chapters, describing the behind the scenes stories of the highest grossing Russian film of the decade Stalingrad and the unprecedented international critical success of Leviathan.

Since 2004 to this day Alexander Rodnyansky serves as the president of the leading Russian national Film Festival "Kinotavr". "Kinotavr" was founded in 1989 and quickly became the most important film festival of the growing Russian film industry and one of the biggest national film festivals in the world. Each year only the best Russian films are selected for Kinotavr competition. The festival showcases the best that the industry has to offer, sets trends and discovers new talents. Every year more than 5 000 film professionals - directors, screenwriters, producers, distributors,film critics and members of the selection committees of the most notable European Film Festivals come to Sochi for Kinotavr.

Alexander Rodnyansky is very active in the professional film industry associations and has served on the juries of multiple important European film festivals. He is a member of the European Film Academy, National Academy of the Film sciences of Russia (The Golden Eagle), member of the Russian national Film award "Nika", member of the board of the Russian Academy of Television as well as the associate member of the International council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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