Timur Bekmambetov – film director
Timur Bekmambetov is a Russian-Kazakh film director, producer and screenwriter, who works on films and commercials. He is best known for the film Night Watch (2004) and its sequel Day Watch (2006), and the American films Wanted (2008) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012). He is a founder and president of the International Action Film Festival Astana.
Timur Nurbakhitovich Bekmambetov was born on June 25, 1961 in Guryev. His father was a manager at Guryev Energy company, and his mother was a journalist. In 1978, Timur moved to Moscow where he attended the Moscow Energy Institute, but he was more interested in art and movies. At the age of 19, he moved to Tashkent, Uzbek SSR to study at the A. N. Ostrovsky Theatrical and Artistic Institute, from which he graduated in 1987 with a degree in theater and cinema set design.
The experience in the Russian Army inspired him to film Peshavar Waltz, a film about the Soviet war in Afghanistan which received awards at several festivals in Europe. The film was dubbed in English as Escape from Afghanistan.
Between 1992 and 1997, Bekmambetov made 18 commercials for the Russian bank Imperial and was named the best young director of 1997 by Russian Film Academy.
In 1999 he started his own film company, Bazelevs Production.
In 2004, Bekmambetov directed Night Watch, popular fantasy film based on the book by Sergey Lukyanenko.
In 2007 Bekmambetov filmed The Irony of Fate 2, sequel to the famous Soviet film The Irony of Fate (1971).
He produced many films in the US and Russia.
In February 2011 the film Vykrutasy was released. Milla Jovovich, Konstantin Khabensky and Ivan Urgant played the title roles.
In 2012, Bekmambetov directed and produced the live action adaption of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, also produced by Tim Burton and Jim Lemley.
In 2013, Bekmambetov was named one of the most commercially successful Russian directors of the decade.
In 2016, he acted as director of the film Ben-Hur.