Andrey Pershin is a Russian screenwriter, producer and film director. Known under the pseudonym Zhora Kryzhovnikov. He became famous for his films "Bitter!" and The Best Film.
The work of Andrei Nikolaevich Pershin is evaluated ambiguously by critics. But the audience is always looking forward to his new work.
The beginning of the creative path
The biography of the screenwriter and director began in 1979. The future famous figure was born on February 14 in the closed city of Arzamas-16, present-day Sarov. Father, graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, worked in his hometown.
The son chose GITIS for admission after school. He decided to get education at the directing department. The applicant entered the workshop of Mark Zakharov. The student studied at the Faculty of Production and Economics of VGIK in Akopov's workshop.
Pershin began his work in the theater. His debut, Measure for Measure, based on a play by Shakespeare, was well received by the audience. The young director staged his work on the ApART stage. The promising director was invited to the School of the Modern Play by Joseph Reichelgauz in 2006.
The young director presented "The Bachelor Moliere" based on Poquelin's fan-major work. The famous Albert Filozov played along with the young performers in the light and eye-catching performance. In 2010 Pershin presented to the public a new work based on Ostrovsky's play "An Old Friend is Better".
Since 2007, Andrei Nikolaevich began working on television. His television debut was the show "You are a superstar." Kryzhovnikov worked on the project until 2011. At the same time, the programs “Olivier Show”, “Fools and Roads”, “Big Difference” were being prepared. Pershin largely grew as a director thanks to his work on television. This is what critics say.
In 2009, the biography of the filmmaker began. Together with Oleg Glushkov, Pershin shot the first short films "Dragon Abas Blue", "Kazrop", "Pushkin's Duel". The first independent work of Kryzhovnikov was the film "Happy Shopping" in 2010. A short project was shot based on the script "My boyfriend is a robot" written by the director.
Within eight minutes, viewers will learn that in the near future robots will firmly enter all spheres of human activity. They will become part of the usual way of life. For the first time in this picture, Pershin signed as Kryzhovnikov. The name struck him as both funny and appropriate to the art-house character. But Andrei Pershin was declared the producer of the tape.
According to the author himself, Zhora is much superior to the original. He shoots better, only what really attracts. Pershin worked hard on television. He prepared New Year's "Lights", entertainment programs. As a result, the director turned into a TV mixer.
Zhora is a principled person. He is responsible for everything, then he creates. Although, by and large, a pseudonym is a game. Pershin likes to transform into someone. His Zhora has his own filmography and his own history. Therefore, Andrei Nikolaevich wants to see Kryzhovnikov as an independent person.
In 2012, Zhora's new short film in the style of the tragicomedy "The Curse" was released. The tape was awarded with a special prize from the jury of the St. Anna festival of debut and student films, and a special prize from Roskino.
Bekmambetov and Svetlakov, who watched The Curse, invited Kryzhovnikov to work on the film Bitter! The first full-length work of the director was perceived by critics in different ways. The audience liked the film. We started talking about a new comedy director.
According to the plot of the picture, Natasha and Roma came up with the celebration of two wedding options at once. They wished to combine the celebration in the style of Europe and the traditional. As a result, the ceremony and its heroes are accompanied by a number of ridiculous and incredible situations. Pershin's wife, actress Yulia Alexandrova, has become an invariable participant in all her husband's films.The work was awarded the Nika Prize in 2014 as the discovery of the year.
A year later, the sequel, "Bitter-2!", Was filmed. This time the action takes place during the funeral. Wanting to escape from creditors, Natasha's stepfather is playing his own death. He controls all the preparations for the burial from the grave.
In 2014, Kryzhovnikov shot the short project "Accidentally". According to the scenario, events develop on New Year's Eve in the evening. The main character Kolya, performed by Timofey Tribuntsev, went to a neighbor to get some salt. The elderly Olga Konstantinovna, embodied by the actress Galina Stakhanova, invited the guy to come in and have a drink to the upcoming holiday. Unexpected Nikolai commits murder. Now not only him, but the whole family of the culprit will have to decide what to do next.
The film received an award at the Kinotavr in 2014 in the nomination for Best Short Film. Then Zhora was the director of the TV project "Kitchen". There he participated under the pseudonym Ivan Tokhtamysh.
Personal life and new paintings
At the end of December 2015, the premiere screening of Kryzhovnikov's film "The Best Day" took place. Zhora created the script together with Alexei Kazakov based on the play by Alexander Ostrovsky "An old friend is better than two new ones". The tape took first place in the domestic box office in 2015.
In the course of the action, the traffic police inspector Pyotr Vasyutin, the hero of Dmitry Nagiyev, is to marry Olya, the heroine of Yulia Alexandrova. All plans are ruined by the capital's star Alina Shepot. She meets Vasyutin during an accident and breaks off the engagement with her adventures. The comedy was shot in the style of a karaoke movie. The audience saw Mikhail Boyarsky, Inna Churikova, Elena Yakovleva, and popular young performers. Modern well-known compositions and hits of the eighties sounded in the tape.
In GITIS there was an acquaintance with the future wife, Yulia Alexandrova. Pershin studied with her. Julia's fame was brought by the notorious provocative project of Guy-Germanicus "School". When Zhora came as a director to the ApART theater, where Julia worked, mutual feelings arose. The director made an offer to the girl after the first rehearsal. A child, daughter Vera, appeared in the family in 2010.
In 2017, Zhora's Facebook page announced the start of work on a new painting Call DiCaprio! The comedy tells about the adventures of the loser actor Lyova. All his life he envies his more successful brother Egor. Both are accidentally swapped.
Zamoy 2017 released the comedy "New Fir Trees". The heroes of the film are already well known to the audience. But new characters were added to them. All the heroes of the film have to go through trials in order to meet the New Year with loved ones.