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Date Of BirthJune 25, 1961
SpouseVarvara Avdyushko
FactFirst name is pronounced "TEE-Moor"

Timur Bekmambetov is a Russian film director, producer and screenwriter who has worked on some of the biggest blockbusters in recent years. He was born in Kazakhstan in 1961, and his family moved to Moscow when he was a child. Bekmambetov attended Moscow State University, where he studied architecture. He later worked as a construction engineer and an artist, before making his first short film in 1988.

Bekmambetov’s first feature film, Peshavar Waltz, was released in 1991. He followed this with a string of successful films such as The Arena (2001), Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006). He has also produced and directed a number of Hollywood films, including Wanted (2008) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012).

Bekmambetov is one of the most successful directors in Russia, and his films have grossed over $1 billion at the box office. He is married to Svetlana Bekmambetova, with whom he has two children.

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Full NameTimur Bekmambetov
Date Of BirthJune 25, 1961
Height1.68 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director


SpouseVarvara Avdyushko
ParentsMira Bogoslavskaya, Nuruakhit Bekmambetov


NominationsNika Award for Best Film, Golden Eagle Award for Best Motion Picture, PGA Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Director
MoviesBen-Hur, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted, Night Watch, Hardcore Henry, Day Watch, Unfriended, Yolki, The Irony of Fate 2, The Darkest Hour, Apollo 18, Escape from Afghanistan, 9, The Arena, Lucky Trouble, Yolki 2, Yolki 1914, The Snow Queen, The Snow Queen 2, Gorko!, Kikoriki: Team Invincibl...

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1[how Hardcore Henry (2015) got made] As usual, we all live on the Internet. I'm spending probably a third of my life in front of a screen. I found this music video Ilya [director Ilya Naishuller] made and immediately found him through Facebook just to meet him, to talk to him out of curiosity. I asked him if he wanted to do it as a movie and at first he said he doesn't feel it could be a movie because it's a very specific language. But we kept talking and I asked if he wanted to see it as a story on the big screen and he said absolutely. We discussed what it could be and he found a story. (...) My role was mostly to protect him, to give him freedom to do what he wants. For this specific kind of movie, you do need that freedom. Because I'm a director myself and I understand how important it is to have a chance. I'm learning. To make a movie is an excuse to meet people and find new friends and new partners, the same thing has happened in my life many times. It happened in 2009 with Shane Acker and 9 (2009), it happened last year with Cybernatural (2014). It's most exciting for me to deal with young filmmakers and figure out how to make innovative movies. [2016]
2[on Hardcore Henry (2015)] There is no way a studio would make this movie. I'm the only crazy person in the world who can agree to greenlight the project with no script and have the language to make the movie not exist. It's a challenge, but it's why we make movies. (...) My only motivations are challenge and curiosity. If I don't know how to do something, then I'm doing it. [2016]
3[on producing Hardcore Henry (2015)] Sharlto [Sharlto Copley] was a big part of the plan. He's very creative. His first movie, District 9 (2009), was a really good example of collaboration between actor and director. And I knew he was brave. I had invited him to go to Kazakhstan for a small film festival and he jumped on a plane and came. I figured he would be very, very important for Ilya [director Ilya Naishuller]. Producing is about the people you choose. Choosing the right people is about 90% of producing. (...) The sense of humor is really, really important. I understood that Ilya has a very similar sensibility as Sharlto. "District 9" also had this mischievous tone but at the same time was very emotional and heartbreaking. Ilya had the same taste, so that collaboration made this movie. [2016]
4...but the most powerful special effect is the actor. All the visual style is an extension of character.
5It was like an army operation... We understood from the very beginning that Russia needs big, ambitious and brave film-making. Before us, there was only art-house - great, talented movies for European festivals - and very bad, very cheap and creatively weak commercial movies.


1First name is pronounced "TEE-Moor"




The Current War2017producer pre-production
Liked2016producer post-production
Yolki 52016producer filming
Unfriended 2producer announced
Wanted 2producer announced
Samyy luchshiy den!2015producer
On - drakon2015general producer
Hardcore Henry2015producer
Dabl trabl2015producer
Elki lokhmatye2015producer
Yolki 19142014producer
Snezhnaya koroleva 2. Perezamorozka2014producer
Gorko! 22014producer
Yolki 32013producer
Igra v pravdu2013producer
Snow Queen2012producer
Dzhentlmeny, udachi!2012producer
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter2012producer
Smeshariki: Nachalo2011producer
The Darkest Hour2011producer
Yolki 22011producer
Apollo 182011producer
Vykrutasy2011executive producer
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga2010Documentary executive producer
Chernaya Molniya2009producer
Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie2007producer
Gaz - russkie mashiny2002Documentary producer
Nashi 90-e2000TV Mini-Series producer - 1 episode


Yolki 52016filming
Yolki 19142014
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter2012
Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie2007
Dnevnoy dozor2006
Nochnoy bazar2005
Nochnoy dozor2004
Escape from Afghanistan2002Video
Gaz - russkie mashiny2002Documentary
The Arena2001/I
Nashi 90-e2000TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Peshavarskiy vals1994


Yolki 22011
Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie2007
Dnevnoy dozor2006
Nochnoy dozor2004screenplay
Escape from Afghanistan2002Video
Peshavarskiy vals1994


Apollo 182011presenter


Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter: The Great Calamity2012Video short thanks


Dancing with the Stars2013TV SeriesHimself
34-y Moskovskiy mezhdunarodnyy kinofestival2012TV SpecialHimself
Evening Urgant2012TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009-2012TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2012TV SeriesHimself
'9': The Long and the Short of It2009Video shortHimself
'9': U-Control Picture in Picture2009Video documentaryHimself
Prozhektorperiskhilton2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution2008Video documentary shortHimself
Through the Eyes of Director Timur Bekmambetov2008Video documentary shortHimself
Max on Set: Wanted2008TV Short documentaryHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Shkola zlosloviya2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Kak snimalsya 'Nochnoy dozor'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2012CinemaCon AwardCinemaCon, USAInternational Filmmaker of the Year
2005Silver RavenBrussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF)Nochnoy dozor (2004)
1994Best DirectorKarlovy Vary International Film FestivalPeshavarskiy vals (1994)

Nominated Awards

2015Asia Pacific Screen AwardAsia Pacific Screen AwardsBest Animated Feature FilmSnezhnaya koroleva 2. Perezamorozka (2014)
2014Golden EagleGolden Eagle Awards, RussiaBest Feature FilmGorko! (2013)
2014NikaNika AwardsBest FilmGorko! (2013)
2014White ElephantRussian Guild of Film CriticsBest DebutGorko! (2013)
2010PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures9 (2009)
2007Narcisse AwardNeuchâtel International Fantastic Film FestivalBest Feature FilmDnevnoy dozor (2006)
2005Audience AwardEuropean Film AwardsBest European DirectorNochnoy dozor (2004)
2005Narcisse AwardNeuchâtel International Fantastic Film FestivalBest Feature FilmNochnoy dozor (2004)
1994Crystal GlobeKarlovy Vary International Film FestivalPeshavarskiy vals (1994)

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