| Andrei Nekrasov|
| Olga Konskaya (m. ?–2009)|
University of Paris
| Russian Lessons, Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case, Pasternak|
Olga Konskaya, Torstein Grude, Vladimir Putin, Robert Powell
Andrei Nekrasov Wikipedia
Andrei Lvovich Nekrasov (Russian: Андре́й Льво́вич Некра́сов; born 1958 in Saint Petersburg) is a Russian film and TV director from Saint Petersburg.
Andrei Nekrasov studied acting and directing at the "Russian State Institute of Performing Arts" in his native Saint Petersburg. He studied comparative literature and philosophy at the University of Paris, taking a master's degree, and film at Bristol University Film School. In 1985, he assisted Andrei Tarkovsky during the filming and editing of The Sacrifice. Nekrasov then made several internationally coproduced documentaries and TV arts programs (notably A Russia of One's Own, Pasternak, The Prodigal Son, and Children's Stories: Chechnya). His first drama short, Springing Lenin (1993) won the UNESCO prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year, and in 1997 his first feature, Love is as Strong as Death won the FIPRESCI prize at Mannheim-Heidelberg. The director’s second feature, Lubov and Other Nightmares (2001) won recognition at a great many of festivals all over the world (including Sundance and Berlin) and confirmed his status as a rebel among Russian filmmakers.
Andrei Nekrasov is also a playwright and a theater director. His German productions (of his own plays) include: Der Spieler ("The Gambler") in Euro Theater Central in Bonn and Koenigsberg in the Volksbuehne Theatre in Berlin.
Nekrasov's 2007 film, Rebellion: the Litvinenko Case (U.S. Title: Poisoned by Pollonium. The Litvinenko File) presents interviews with assassinated former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko and journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The movie contends that Russian state security service FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, organized bombings of apartments in Moscow and taking hostages in a Moscow theater to justify the second war in Chechnya and bring Vladimir Putin to power. The film was premiered in the official selection of Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
His films include the documentary Disbelief (Недоверие) on the 1999 Russian apartment bombings. This film is available in DVD as an extra to Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case, but a low resolution version is available on Google Video.
"Russian Lessons, co-directed and produced by his wife Olga Konskaya and Norwegian Producer Torstein Grude deals with the Russian-Georgian war of 2008. It documents a journey by two directors-protagonists, Olga Konskaya and Andrei Nekrasov, one on each side of the frontline during the hostilities. For this documentary, Nekrasov was named The Person of 2009 in the Georgian Public Broadcaster's internet survey.
In 2011 Nekrasov received an Oxfam Novib/PEN Award.
In 2012 Nekrasov released "Farewell Comrades!" a six-part documentary series on the last phase of communism in Eastern Europe, produced for ARTE, YLE and many other European networks by Artline Films (France) and Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany). Nekrasov received the GRIMME Award 2013 for "Farewell Comrades!"
In the autumn of 2015 Al Jazeera English broadcast "In Search of Putin's Russia", a four-part documentary series made by Nekrasov in collaboration with British film-maker Melanie Anstey which explored the attitudes of ordinary Russians towards Vladimir Putin and the country's recent history.
Nekrasov's film "Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes", produced by Piraya Film and supported by a number of European film funds and TV networks, caused a major controversy. One of the film's allegations is that western politicians and media were misled by William Browder, a U.S. born investor and campaigner, into believing that the Russian tax consultant Sergei Magnitsky had been persecuted and killed for exposing corruption. Browder fiercely disputed the film's conclusions and threatened the film's producers and funders with lawsuits. "The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes" was nominated for Prix Europa 2016, and was awarded a Special Commendation for coming second of 21 nominations from all over Europe in the documentary section. Jury Citation:
There are only few films that successfully master the art of delusion and persuasion, leaving the audience amazed and bewildered. Through subtle storytelling and a skilful mixture of fiction and hard facts, the film takes the viewer for a journalistic investigation into the world of international financial fraud. The director puts together the complex evidence by letting the audience be witness to his thoughts, speculations and disclosures. A challenging, intelligent and moving piece of work!2016 The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes, documentary, Piraya Film, Norway
2015 In Search of Putin's Russia, TV, documentary, Al Jazeera English.
2012 Farewell, Comrades!, TV, documentary, 6x52 min, ARTE, France/Germany.
2011 Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union. - Documentary, based on the book by David Satter.
2010 Russian Lessons, Documentary.
2007 Rebellion: the Litvinenko Case, 113 min, Documentary, Premiere: Festival de Cannes 2007
2007 My Friend Sasha: A Very Russian Murder, documentary on Alexander Litvinenko (BBC Two Storyville, 22 January 2007)
2004 Disbelief, Feature documentary, Russia-USA (Watch Free on Google Video)
2002 Koenigsberg, Docudrama, Russia-Germany
2001 Lubov and Other Nightmares, Feature, Russia-Germany
2000 Children’s Stories, Chechnya, documentary, Vanessa Redgrave and Dreamscanner, UK-Russia
1997 Love is as strong as Death, Feature
1993 Springing Lenin, British Film Institute - BBC
1991 The Prodigal Son, BBC-La Sept-ZDF, UK-France-Germany
1990 Pasternak, ITV-WDR, UK-Germany-Russia
1989 Raising the Curtain, TV, documentary, 25 min, Channel 4
1987 A Russia of One's Own, Channel 4
1987 - Channel 4’s sole nomination for the Prix Italia (A Russia of One's Own, 1987)
1993 - Cannes Film Festival UNESCO Prize 1993 (Springing Lenin, 1993)
1997 - FIPRESCI Prize at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival (Love is as strong as Death, 1997) 'For the sharp moral and social perspective and the strong, expressive visual language which characterise the film’s view of contemporary reality.'
1997 - Special Jury Prize (Kinotavr), Russian International Film Festival (Love is as strong as Death)
2001 - Special Jury Prize, Moscow International Film Festival (Lubov and Other Nightmares, 2001) "for the innovative film language".
2001 - Best Lead Female Award (Kinotavr), Russian International Film Festival (Lubov and Other Nightmares)
2001 - Nominated for Golden Aries Award – all Russian film critics prize (Lubov and Other Nightmares, 2001)
2004 - Special Mention from the Amnesty Jury, Cph:dox, Copenhagen (Disbelief, 2004)
2005 - Best Documentary Award, Karachi International Film Festival (Disbelief, 2004)
2008 - Rudolf Vrba Award for "Rebellion. The Litvinenko Case". One World Film Festival, Prague
2011 - Oxfam Novib/PEN Award
2010 - Golden Chair Best Documentary for "Russian Lessons", Grimstad, Norway
2013 - Grimme Award for "Farewell, Comrades!", Germany
2016 - Prix Europa Special Commendation for "Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes"