Yuriy Bykov

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  • Birth Name: Yuriy Anatolevich Bykov


Yuriy Bykov was born on August 15, 1981 in Novomichurinsk, Soviet Union is a Russian filmmaker, screenwriter and actor. He is best known for directing the social films The Major (2013), L’idiot ! (2014) and the crime TV series Metod (2015). In 2009, he directed a short film Nachalnik (2009), in which he appeared as a screenwriter, director, composer, producer and actor. The film was awarded the prize for Best Short Film at the Kinotavr Film Festival. In 2010 Yuri Bykov made his feature film debut with the film Zhit (2010). In 2013, his film The Major (2013) premiered in the International Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival. The crime drama was awarded at several festivals, including prizes for Best Picture, Best Director and For Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival. In 2016, the American company Netflix received distribution rights and plans to remake the film as a mini-series, titled Seven Seconds (2018), which will include 10 episodes. In 2014, the social drama film L’idiot ! (2014) was released. The picture received a number of prestigious awards, including the Grigori Gorin prize for the Best Script and the diploma of the Russian Guild of Film Critics (“For the uncompromising artistic expression”) at the 2014 Kinotavr Festival. Also the film was highly rated by The New York Times critic Stephen Holden, who named it as one the five best films of 2015. In 2014 he became the director of the first season of the crime drama TV series Metod (2015), which was released on the screen next year. Konstantin Khabenskiy, who liked Bykov’s work on the film The Major (2013), invited him to work as director on the series. Yuri Bykov notes that he shot the series “according to the principles of the comics” in its light form and followed the instructions of the showrunner Alexander Tsekalo about creating a Sreda (“Russian HBO”). The series received the TEFI award in the category “Television Film / TV series” and several other awards. Bykov refused to participate in the shooting of the second season because he wanted to concentrate on making more auteur films. He shot two-thirds of the film Primeira Vez (2017), dedicated to Alexey Leonov and his spacewalk, but because of creative disagreements he was removed from the project. According to the producer of the film Timur Bekmambetov, the film has some scenes which were filmed by Yuri Bykov. Bykov noted in an interview that is not interested in seeing the movie because the story became drastically simplified and the film’s tone became overly patriotic.