Award-winning transnational filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky received MFA (magna cum laude) from Kiev State Institute of Theatrical Arts in Kiev, Ukraine.
His first feature documentary "Interpretation of Dreams", juxtaposed a dialog between the filmmaker and Dr. Sigmund Freud and the history of the Soviet Union and Europe. The result was an "astonishing marriage of Freudian thinking and history” (Boston Globe).
In 1990 Interpretation of Dreams received Grand-Prix at the last All–Union documentary film festival and premiered the same year at IDFA (Amsterdam).
The next year film was included in the New Directors/New Films Series for the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In 1992 Andrei with his wife Tamara and son Alexei settled in the United States, where Andrei received a green card as "an alien of extraordinary abilities".
For several years he worked as a free-lance producer for the Russian-American Broadcasting company. He also taught courses on Film History at the New School University.
In 2002 Andrei produced/directed/edited his second feature documentary "Vasya" which explores striking images of a Russian émigré painter Vasily Sitnikov and his much puzzling myth. "Vasya" is a "hybrid" film and freely intertwines documentary footage with animated reenactments.
In 2006: "Konstantin and Mouse", about an avant-garde figure and performance poet Konstantin K. Kuzminsky.
In 2007: "Orange Winter" , that chronicles 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”.
Matt Zoller Seitz, The New York Times more...
The next film - "My Father Evgeni" is about Andrei's father, who was also a filmmaker in Kiev, Ukraine.
"My Father Evgeni" is "...a smart, impressionistic documentary about the passage of historical time as experienced by father and son. Using a cleverly thought out combination of archival footage, family movies and films from his father’s studio, bracketed by haunting footage of the now deserted corridors of that film factory, Andrei traces his family’s and his nation’s complicated, fractured history" (George Robinson). more
The film was awarded the Laurel Branch for the Best Feature Documentary (Moscow, Russia) and screened at international film festivals in Amsterdam - IDFA, New York, Madrid, Krakow, Kiev, Moscow, Israel.
In 2012 Andrei produced/directed video installation Trottoirs de Paris for a a special gala event and exhibtion celebrating Mihail Chemiakin 70th birthday.
In 2014 Andrei completed a feature documentary "Vagrich and the Black Square" about his late friend, an avant-garde artist Vagrich Bakhchanyan. The film was more than twleve years in the making.
And again, as it was the case with the feature documentary "Vasya", "Vagrich and the Black Square" blends documentary, animation and stage footage in an uplifting tribute to a free thinking man.
In 2014 on the invitation of the United States Embassy in Russia, Andrei traveled to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, where he successfully lectured and screened several of his films at several notable film and TV schools.
He is currently working on a number of projects in development. Among them are "Michael and Daniel" and "National Museum".