Andrey Zvyagintsev was born on 6 February 1964, in Novosibirsk.
In 1984 he graduated from the Novosibirsk theatrical school (the program of Lev Belov).
In 1990 he completed the acting course at GITIS (the program of Eugeny Lazarev’s).
He worked as an actor for independent theatrical projects and performed various guest roles in television series and movies.
In 2000 Zvyagintsev debuted as a director of dramatic cinema. He shot 3 mini movies for REN TV channel as part of The Black Roomcycle: Bushido,Obscure,Choice.
In 2003 he shot his first full-length film, The Return. The movie was selected for the main competition of the Venice film festival where the film – a debut not only for the director, but also for the majority of the crew – was awarded with the most prestigious prize: the "Golden Lion for Best Film.” He also won the "Lion of the Future" for the best director's debut – a prize that recognized his "very delicate film about love, loss and growing.”
His next movie,The Banishment, received the award for “best male role” (Konstantin Lavronenko) at the The Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
In 2011, also in Cannes, his third full-length film, Elena, won the Special Jury Prize in the program "Un Certain Regard.”
Leviathan, the fourth film in the competitive program of the Cannes Film Festival of 2014 won the prize "Best Screenplay", and in January 2015 by the Hollywood foreign press Association was named best film in the foreign language and was awarded the "Golden globe". In the same year as "the best movie in a foreign language" Leviathan was nominated by the Film Academy Oscar.