Alexey Kamynin was born in Moscow in 1989. After studying journalism and screenwriting, he worked as a reporter in television and print and experimented with documentary film. His first foray into fiction film, the short That’s Not Me, screened at Kinotavr in 2015. His feature debut, the thriller Lie or Dare, followed in 2017. His comedy of modern manners, Russian Spleen, was picked up by HBO after its release in 2020.