Timur Bekmambetov

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Timur Nuruakhitovich Bekmambetov (; ; born 25 June 1961) is a Kazakh-born director, producer and screenwriter who has worked on films and commercial. He is mostly popular for the Russian film Night Watch (2004) and its sequel Day Watch (2006), and the American film Wanted (2008).

Early life

Bekmambetov was born on June 25, 1961 in the city of Guryev, Kazakhstan. At the age of 19, he moved to Tashkent, in the former Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, to study at the A. N. Ostrovsky Theatrical and Artistic Institute with a degree in theater and cinema set designing, which he graduated from in 1987.

Film and television career

Between 1992 and 1997, Bekmambetov was one of the directors of Bank Imperial's popular World History commercials. In 1994 he founded , an advertising and film production, distribution and marketing company.

Bekmambetov's first feature, Peshavar Vals (1994) aka Escape from Afghanistan (English title) was a violent and realistic look at the war between Russia and Afghanistan. The film was dubbed in English and released direct-to-video by Roger Corman in 2002. Bekmambetov next produced and directed an eight-part miniseries for television entitled Our '90s. Bekmambetov then returned to directing features, with the Roger Corman-produced The Arena (2001), which starred Karen McDougal and Lisa Dergan. The film was a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. In...
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