BERLIN -- Alexander Rodnyansky, one of the lead producers of Fedor Bondarchuk's record-breaking movie “Stalingrad,” is ramping up his slate of Russian projects.3D World War II actioner “Stalingrad,” which is distribbed worldwide by Sony, has grossed $66.8 million so far, making it the most successful Russian film ever, and it is yet to open in many major territories, including the U.S. and Germany. In China, it has taken $11.1 million, while at home in Russia the tally is $52 million.The success of “Stalingrad” has reinforced...
Alexander Rodnyansky has produced both genre blockbusters and critically acclaimed arthouse movies. Recent credits include Fyodor Bondarchuk’s action movie “Stalingrad,” the highest-grossing Russian film of the past decade, and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” which won best script at the Cannes Film Festival, and best foreign-language film at the Golden Globes, and was Oscar nominated for best film not in the English language. His current slate includes both English- and Russian-language films, including Zvyagintsev’s new film, “Loveless.”
Rodnyansky started his film career as a documentary filmmaker, directing 10 features, and winning the highest award for a documentary filmmaker in the USSR. Since the early ‘90s he has focused on producing films, notching up more than two dozen movie credits. He has produced many genre hits, such as Bondarchuk’s action-film “9th Company” and Oksana Bychkova’s romantic-comedy “Piter FM.” His most recent genre pic was “The Duelist.”
Rodnyansky’s auteur cinema credits include Zvyagintsev’s “Elena,” winner of the special prize of the Un Certain Regard program at the Cannes Film Festival, and Alexander Sokurov’s “The Sun,” which played in the official selection of the Berlin Film Festival. As a producer-financier, Rodnyansky has backed such films as “Cloud Atlas,” directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer, Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” and Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills.”