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Karen Shakhnazarov, born 8 July 1952, is a Soviet and Russian-Armenian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter and one of the leading directors in Russian cinema. He became the Director General of the Mosfilm studios in 1998. His 1987 film Courier was entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival, where it won a Special Prize. In 2002 he was a member of the jury at the 24th Moscow International Film Festival.
Since 2005 he has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia. His 2012 film White Tiger was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. In March 2014 he signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea. For this, he was banned from entering Ukraine.
Karen Shakhnazarov is one of several living descendants of the famous Melik-Shahnazarian princely family from Nagorno-Karabakh. The Melik-Shahnazarians ruled Nagorno-Karabakh's province of Varanda in medieval and modern times.
2017 Anna Karenina: Vronsky's Story
2012 Belyy tigr
2009 Ward No. 6
2008 Vanished Empire
2004 The Rider Named Death
2001 Poisons or the World History of Poisoning
1998 Den polnoluniya
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