Award-winning transnational filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky received MFA from Kiev State Institute of Theatrical Arts in Kiev, Ukraine.
His first feature documentary seminal "Interpretation of Dreams" (1990), juxtaposed the filmmaker’s dialog with Sigmund Freud and the history of the Soviet Union. The result was “interesting and provocative” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times), "astonishing marriage of Freudian thinking and history” (Boston Globe).
In 1992 Andrei and his family relocated to the United States. After some hiatus Andrei resume working as an independent filmmaker.
He directed/edited/produced a number of feature documentaries, among them Vasya (2002), a "hybrid" film that freely intertwines documentary footage with animated reenactments about Vasiliy Sitnov, Konstantin and Mouse (2006), about an avant-garde figure and performance poet Konstantin K. Kuzminsky and Orange Winter (2007) that chronicles and dissects political turmoil in the streets of Kiev in 2004.
"Orange Winter" is more than a mere history lesson. Like Norman Mailer's nonfiction novel "The Armies of the Night,"... this movie characterizes a body politic as a living thing, and charts its internal changes as if it were the protagonist in a drama”.
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In 2010 he produced/directed his most personal film, about his father, Evgeni Zagdansky.
My Father Evgeni is "a smart, impressionistic documentary about the passage of historical time as experienced by father and son”. (George Robinson).
In 2015 Andrei completed a feature documentary Vagrich and the Black Square about his late friend, an avant-garde artist Vagrich Bakhchanyan.
The film-collage blends documentary, animation and stage footage in an uplifting tribute to a free-thinking man.
In 2017 Andrei completed Michael and Daniel and "Garik".
He is currently working on a number of projects in development, National Museum is among them.