Birthday Andrey Konchalovski: My wife is a “theatre animal”

Theater and film director Andrey Konchalovsky, who turns 85 today, called his wife Yulia Vysotskaya a “theatre animal”. In an interview with “Izvestia”, he admits that he considers his wife a very talented actress.

“Yulia is a theatrical animal in the highest sense of the word. The more talented the artist, the more he worries before going on stage. As a rule, less talented people don’t worry. And mediocre people who love themselves , they are not worried at all. But Julia, as a very talented person, is always trembling and worried.

She says, “I won’t do it! Leave me alone! Get another actress, I can’t do it!” But the moment she takes the stage, she turns into a battering ram. From the terror he feels falling into the abyss, suddenly there is a real transformation,” explains the director.

The actress met Konchalovsky for the first time on June 8, 1996, the couple celebrated this date, as well as wedding anniversaries, and in 1998 they officially registered their relationship. They have two children – Maria and Pavel. Andrey Konchalovsky and Yulia Vysotskaya say almost nothing about the condition of their daughter, who fell into a coma after a car accident in 2013, and the director himself was driving at the time. All he says is that their lives have changed forever.

Andrei Konchalovsky also has five children from previous marriages and relationships: son Yegor from actress Natalia Arinbasarova, daughter Alexandra from his third wife Vivian Gode, Daria from actress Irina Brazgovka, Natalia and Elena from his fourth wife, TV presenter Irina Martynova.

At the same time, Konchalovski told TASS that he is calm about such holidays and does not perceive the anniversary as “an occasion for something global”. He and his wife Yulia usually meet with close friends, without lavish celebrations, BTA reported.

The director has many creative plans. He has already started work on a series about the events surrounding the October Revolution. Casting should be completed at the end of August, filming is scheduled for autumn. They can last about a year.

Konchalovsky plans to work in the theater as well. In the spring, his premiere took place at the Moscow City Theater – he staged “The Taming of the Shrew” based on William Shakespeare. As he did the trilogy for Chekhov, now he plans to stage a trilogy for Shakespeare – comedy, tragedy, fantasy. The next performance will be “Macbeth”. Due to the filming of the series, production work has been postponed until the end of 2023.

For the anniversary, Konchalovsky’s best films will be broadcast on Russian television channels.

A retrospective of the director’s most famous films will also be in theaters across Russia until December 31. It includes from “The First Teacher” (1965) to the film “Dear Comrades!” (2020). In addition, a retrospective of twelve selected Konchalovsky films is being held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg.

Andrey Konchalovsky is the son of the writer and poet Sergey Mikhalkov, brother of the director Nikita Mikhalkov. He is one of the few Russian directors who are known all over the world. Konchalovsky worked in Mosfilm and in Hollywood, made theater and opera productions in countries, wrote scripts and books, filmed for television.

Among Konchalovsky’s films are “Romance for Lovers”, “The Story of Asya Klyachina, Who Loved But Didn’t Marry”, awarded the International Association of Film Critics Award at the Berlinale in 1988 and two Nika Awards, “Nobility Nest”, “Ryaba the Hen”, “The Runaway Train”, “Tango and Cash”, “Uncle Vanyo”, “The House of Fools”, “Odyssey”, “White Nights of the Postman Alexei Tryapitsin”, “Paradise”, “Sin” .

Andrei Konchalovsky has written 34 screenplays, directed 27 films, staged three plays and five operas, published six books and more than 100 journalistic articles.

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