He was born in Odessa in a family of filmmakers. He went to Moscou in 1972. In 1979, he entered the VGIK school in Moscou to study screenplay writing. He worked as a screenwriter; he wrote Gambrinus and Cyniques for example. In 1991, he directed his first feature film Lioubov, he had writen. This film was shown at The Directros’ Fortnight in 1992 and won the public prize and the CICAE. Katia Ismaïlova is his second full length film.