Gleb Panfilov

Gleb Anatolyevich Panfilov (Russian: Глеб Анатольевич Панфилов; born 21 May 1934 in Magnitogorsk) is an internationally acclaimed Russian film director noted for a string of mostly historical films starring his wife, Inna Churikova.[1]

Gleb Panfilov
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Gleb Panfilov at film festival Kinotavr
Born (1934-05-21) 21 May 1934 (age 88)
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active1958–present


In the 1980s Panfilov, a chemist by profession, moved to theatre directing, but also found time to adapt for the screen Alexander Vampilov's play Valentina (1981), as well as Maxim Gorky's Vassa Zheleznova (1983) and Mother (1989). Vassa won the Golden Prize at the 13th Moscow International Film Festival[2] and Russia's State Prize. He won the Golden Bear at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival for the film The Theme.[3]

Despite the hardships of the 1990s Panfilov was committed to directing The Romanovs: An Imperial Family, an epic story of the Romanov sainthood. The film, finally released in 2000, was a sort of family project involving his wife as well as children. It was also his first movie that did not feature his wife in a leading role.

In 2000 at the 22nd Moscow International Film Festival Panfilov was awarded an Honorable Prize for his contribution to cinema.[4]

In January 2006 RTR TV aired Panfilov's miniseries based on Alexander Solzhenitsyn's novel The First Circle. The Nobel Prize-winning author helped adapt the novel for the screen and narrated the film.





  1. ^ Peter Rollberg (2009). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. US: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 513–515. ISBN 978-0-8108-6072-8.
  2. ^ "13th Moscow International Film Festival (1983)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1987 Prize Winners". Archived from the original on 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  4. ^ "22nd Moscow International Film Festival (2000)". MIFF. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-27.

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