Andrey Timoschenko is a Russian film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor widely acclaimed for his work in Russian and international cinema. Born in 1957 in Leningrad, he is a graduate of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow.
Timoschenko's career began in the late 1980s when he wrote and directed a series of award-winning short films, which earned him several awards. His feature debut, The Man Who Wasn't There (1989), was a critical success and earned him the prestigious Nika Award for Best Director.
Timoschenko's next film was a period drama, To Love Me (1994), which won him several awards and was nominated for the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed this up with the critically acclaimed drama, The Thief (1997), which established him as a major director.
In 2000, Timoschenko wrote and directed the critically acclaimed epic drama War and Peace, which was nominated for an Oscar. He followed this up with the historical drama Alexander (2004), which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was a huge box office success.
In the 2000s, Timoschenko directed a range of films, including the action-comedy, Moscow Heat (2004). His later films include the romantic comedy, What Men Talk About (2010), and the science fiction drama Solaris (2012).
In recent years, Timoschenko has become one of the most respected figures in Russian cinema. He has received numerous awards, including the Order of Friendship, the Order of Honour, and the State Prize of the Russian Federation. In addition, he was made a People's Artist of the Russian Federation in 2008.
Despite his success, Timoschenko remains a modest and humble director, eschewing the spotlight and preferring to let his work speak for itself. He continues to direct films and is currently working on a new project. His passion for cinema and his commitment to creating quality films have made him one of the most respected directors in the world.