CREW VLADIMIR ALENIKOV, Producer, Director, Writer


Multi-award winning director-writer Vladimir Alenikov started his career as an author, playwright, scholar, and film director in the Soviet era of communism. All creative expression was in the control of the state.

Fascinated by the film medium, Alenikov started making films as an underground filmmaker having been denied entrance to the official film schools of Russia because of his Jewish heritage. He made numerous films, many of them winning awards in international festivals.

His first widespread success was a series of children’s films featuring the characters of Petrov and Vasechkin, who became Russian national treasures. In 1990, Alenikov completed The Drayman and the King, a film based on the work of Isaac Babel, the biggest Russian musical in the vein of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The film garnered several prizes in Russia and was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival and the American Film Institute (AFI) Festival in Los Angeles, among others.

When Alenikov returned to Russia in 1991, he found himself in the midst of the coup attempt of August 17, 1991 to end the democratic movement of Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Taking to the streets in protest and resisting the coup with a video camera alongside tanks, barricades, and the people of the streets of Moscow, Alenikov captured the resistance in his documentary The Awakening, completed in 1991 and distributed internationally.

Alenikov’s Time of Darkness (aka The Clearing), starring George Segal, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, and was sold all over the world. Alenikov has continued his career with major films (including musicals and horror films) which have been shown at prestigious international film festivals. The Red One: Triumph was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival and Lisbon Film Festivals in 1999 (among others), and Princess’ War was an official selection at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2000.

His most recent directorial work is The Gun (from 6 to 7:30 p.m.), produced by Front Line Films (2003). It is an innovative feature film, following the destructive story of a gun that passes through the hands of several unconnected individuals. The film was shot in only 15 scenes , in real-time, without any cuts.

Alenikov lives in Los Angeles where, in addition to writing, directing, and producing, he also serves as cultural advisor to the Mikhail Gorbachev Foundation and teaches film directing at the University of California Los Angeles.

You are welcome to check its website for more information: ALENIKOV.RU



THE GUN (from 6 to 7:30 p.m.) 2003 Front Line Films