He was born on 27 June 1959 in the city of Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod). In 1981 he received a degree in engineering (electrical equipment for ships) from the Gorky Politechnical Institute. Since 1993 till 1995 he studied at the film school called Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors (workshop of A. Proshkin and V. Priyemykhov). ENFANT TERRIBLE, his debut film, made for practice, was awarded the Special diploma of the “Saint Anne” film festival in Moscow. His next work - a short film JUST THE TWO OF US – was selected for the program Un Certain Regard of the Cannes International Film Festival.
His film GEOGRAPH GLOBUS PROPILreceived the Main prize of the Kinotavr Film Festival and was acclaimed as the best film of 2013 by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences.