Sergei Bodrov Junior
Sergei Bodrov Jr. was a Russian film director, actor, screenwriter. He was born on December 7, 1971 in Moscow. You know, his father is a famous film director and his mother is an art historian.
In his childhood Sergei loved solitude and dreamed of being a dustman and driving around the city in an orange car.
As he said: “Childhood is the most important and the most exciting time in a person’s life.”
After school Bodrov wanted to enter the Film Institute. However, his father said if he didn’t have a passion for cinema, he could forget about it. Sergei did not feel the passion and entered the Moscow State University, Faculty of History.
In 1991, Sergei studied art in Italy, where he managed to get a job as a lifeguard at a local beach resort.
Later, in 1994, the future celebrity received a higher degree and went to graduate school. To tell the truth, Sergei was sure that he would work either in the library or in a museum. But he worked as a journalist, teacher, actor, screenwriter, film director, TV presenter.
You know, Sergei first appeared on the screen as an actor in his father’s film Freedom is Paradise in 1989. Oleg Menshikov was his partner in the film. The film crew noted with surprise that a young guy who had never studied acting had played better and more convincingly than the master of his craft. Then Bodrov Jr received his first prize for the best acting debut. In addition, the actor received several prizes for the best role and became a laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation in 1997.
In 1995, Bodrov and the crew went to Dagestan, to film Prisoner of the Caucasus (Prisoner of the Mountains), where he played one of the title roles. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and also won the Grand Prix at the Crystal Globe Festival and many other awards. Bodrov Jr. won the award for the best debut.
In October 1996 Sergei appeared on the screen as a TV presenter of the program Vzglyad (Glance) and worked there for four years.
The actor played the role of Danila Bagrov in the film Brat (Brother) in 1996. The film became almost a cult one and was awarded several international awards. For many viewers Danila became the ideal hero. The songs of the band Nautilus Pompilius became film soundtracks. Abroad, the film also received enough recognition and got several awards at the festival in Chicago.
Then Sergei starred in the film Stringer, based on photojournalist Alexei Ostrovsky’s life events, and East – West.
In 1997, Bodrov married his colleague, Svetlana Mikhailova. A year later Sveta gave birth to their daughter Olga, and four years later to son Alexander. His daughter also decided to become an actress.
In 2000 the film Brat 2 (Brother 2) was released. It was filmed in Moscow, Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York. And in the same year in California Sergei played in his father’s film Quickie. Let’s Do It In A Hurry.
Besides, in 2001, Bodrov’s first film Sisters was premiered. The script was written in just two weeks. The film won the Grand Prix in Sochi for Best Newcomer, and the actresses Oksana Akinshina and Ekaterina Gorina were awarded for the Best acting duet.
In late 2001, Sergei was a presenter of the TV game Survivor.
Actually, in early 2001, the actor got a small role in Alexei Balabanov’s film War. Episodes were filmed in Chechnya and the North Caucasus. The film won Golden Rose award at the Konotavr film festival and Bodrov was awarded Nika as the Best Supporting Actor. In the same year, the actor played in the film The Bear’s Kiss, released a year later.
His second movie Messenger Sergei began to film in the summer of 2002. It’s supposed to be philosophical and mystical parable about the lives of two friends. Bodrov was going to become a screenwriter, film director and protagonist.
In September 2002, the crew went to the Caucasus to film scenes in women’s prison, and came to Karmadon Canyon (Karmadon Gorge, North Ossetia).
On September 20, 2002 Glacier Kolga began to move, it started gathering snow, ice and stones. Rescue work lasted for several months, but nobody was found.
Buried beneath the glacier in Karmadon Gorge, Bodrov remained forever young. He was 30 years old.