In 1999 Nishijima’s first lead role in License to Live brought him the Best Actor Award at Japan Professional Awards. Nishijima also starred in Dolls,…
Merab Ninidze was born in Georgia and grew up in a theatre family. He played hisfirst stage role as a teenager. He
graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts and Film in Tbilisi from 1982 to 1984. Until 1991 he was a member
of the Schota Rustaveli State Academic Theatre in Tbilisi. In addition to his stage engagement, Merab Ninidze shot
six films at the state film studios Gruzia-Film. His actor’s debut was under the direction of his compatriot Tengis
Abuladse in Repentance in 1984. Merab Ninidze became known to a wide audience in Caroline Links’ Nowhere in Africa (2001). The film won an Oscar in the category Best Foreign Language Film in 2003. Since 2002, Merab Ninidze has appeared in German television as well as international productions, such as BBC1 series MсMafia,in 2 seasons of Homeland, TV series Freud (2020) and played a main part in the British thriller The Spy, with Benedict Cumberbatch. Since 2008 Merab have been working with Aleksey German Jr. Started from The Paper Soldier Merab acted German’s movies like From Tokyo and Under Electric Clouds. Their recent cooperation is House Arrest was selected to Un Certan Regard competition of Cannes Film Festival in 2021.
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