Mohsen Gharaei is a writer and director born in Iran in 1984. He is a graduate of Mining Engineering. In 2006, he started his film…
Kantemir Balagov was born in Nalchik, Russia, in 1991. He graduated from Alexander Sokurov’s directing workshop at Kabardino-Balkarian State University in 2015. During his studies, he made several fiction and documentary films, which were selected for domestic and international festivals. He made his directorial debut in 2017 with Closeness, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard and was awarded the FIPRESCI prize and won two prizes including Best Debut for himself at the Russian Guild of Film Critics White Elephant Awards. His second feature, Beanpole, set in Leningrad in the immediate aftermath of WWII, was selected once more to screen at the Cannes Film Festival and was once again awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. Balagov also won Best Directing in Un Certain Regard. The film was Russia’s official submission for the Best International Feature Film Academy Award® and received his first APSA nominations for Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay.
Alexander Terekhov was born in 1966 in the provincial town of Tula, just south of Moscow. After graduating in journalism from Moscow State University he was conscripted and served in the Soviet Union’s Internal Security Forces. After the army, Terekhov worked as a reporter for the cultural sections of the journals Ogonek and Stolitsa, and then in various editorial positions. At the same time, he began to win acclaim for his literary dissections of military life and his depiction of the chaos that perestroika had ushered in across provincial Russia. He won several awards for his 2009 novel The Stone Bridge and in 2012 won the National Bestseller Award for The Germans. His knowledge of history has been used in two screenplays: Mathilde (2017), about a prima ballerina in the twilight of Imperial Russia, and Beanpole (2019), about two women in post-WWII Leningrad for which he was nominated for an APSA for Best Screenplay.
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