Alexey Sukhovey is a Russian film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his critically acclaimed films, such as The Return (2003), The Banishment (2007), and Leviathan (2014).
Sukhovey was born in Moscow in 1964. He studied film directing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, which is now known as the Russian State University of Cinematography, and graduated in 1986. He then worked as a television director and began making feature films in the early 1990s.
Sukhovey’s first feature film, The Return, was released in 2003 and was an international success, winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Golden George at the Moscow International Film Festival. The film follows two young Russian brothers who make a mysterious return home from the sea.
In 2007, Sukhovey released The Banishment, a psychological drama starring Konstantin Lavronenko, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011, Sukhovey made Elena, a drama about a middle-aged woman’s emotional struggle in a strained marriage. The film was well received by critics and won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sukhovey's most recent film, Leviathan, was released in 2014 and was a huge success. The film follows a Russian man who is trying to fight legal and bureaucratic corruption. The film won the award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.
Throughout his career, Sukhovey has been praised for his thought-provoking and complex films. He has won numerous awards and is considered to be one of the most influential directors of the 21st century.
Alexey Sukhovey continues to be a respected and acclaimed filmmaker in both Russia and abroad. His films are known for their powerful storytelling and complex characters. Sukhovey’s work has been praised for its exploration of difficult themes, such as corruption and the human condition.