Born in 1949 the son of a Soviet writer, Pavel Lungin studied mathematics and linguistics at the University of Moscow, where he also attended courses for screenplay writers and directors. He initially began work as a screenplay writer before giving his directing debut in 1990 with TAXI BLUES, a film that earned him the title of best director at Cannes and a Golden Globe nomination. Lungin’s films are primarily concerned with Russian people and their everyday activities. He celebrated further success with LUNA PARK (1992), THE WEDDING (2002) and THE ISLAND (2006). He has been nominated three times for the Golden Palm at Cannes.