Pavel Lounguine was born in 1949 into a screenwriter’s family. He graduated from the Mathematics and Applied Linguistics Department of Moscow State University in 1971, and in 1980 he graduated from the Film Director’s Department of Higher Screenwriters and Directors Courses. Since the early 1990’s, has resided in France. His directorial debut, Taxi Blues, was awarded Special Prize for Best Directing at Cannes in 1990. Ten years later, his film, The Wedding, won an Award for Best Acting Ensemble at Cannes. Several of his films have been box office successes in Russia. In 2005 he produced and directed “Gogol’s Dead Souls”, a TV series. His recent Ivan the Terrible biopic, Tsar, premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.