Born in 1959 in Sverdlovsk, Alexey Balabanov graduated from the translation faculty of the Gorky Pedagogical University. From 1983 to 1987 he worked as an assistant director at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio. In 1990, Alexey graduated from the advanced course for scriptwriters and directors, where he took part in the experimental auteur cinema course. In 1991 he wrote and directed his first feature Happy Days. In 1992, together with producers Sergei Selyanov and Viktor Grigoryev, Alexey co-founded the CTB Film Company. CTB has produced almost all of his films to this day.
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