Andrei Smirnov

Andrei Smirnov

Director

Born in 1941, Andrei Smirnov studied in the famous directing workshop of Mikhail Romm at Moscow’s VGIK film school. His first films were made at the close of the Khrushchev era; his first hit was 1971’s Belarus Station, which featured songs by popular bard Bulat Okudzhava. Alongside a successful acting career, Smirnov also served as the head of the Cinematographers’ Union at the height of perestroika, from 1988-90. In 2011, he returned to directing after a 32-year hiatus; in the same year, he played the male lead in Andrei Zvyagintsev’s acclaimed Elena.

Films