Angelina Nikonova was born in 1976 in Rostov-on-Don. The prominent Russian director graduated from New York School of Visual Arts. In 2011 Nikonova and Olga Dihovichnaya shot Twilight Portrait, her first feature film, For the film, Nikonova worked as a director, scriptwriter, producer, location manager, casting director, make-up artists, and art director. Nikonova’s work has caused controversy among Russian film critics although the film did exceptionally well at international film festivals. As Nikonova notices: ‘Women as film directors in Russia are rarely trusted’.