Born in 1945 in Moscow. Nikita Mikhalkov is the son of poetess Natalia Konchlovskaya and playwright Sergei Mikhalkov. In 1963 he entered the theater school named after Schukin, but was expelled in 1966. His expulsion led to his move to cinema. He enrolled on the second course of the Film Direction Faculty of VGIK where he followed the workshop of film director Mikhail Romm. He directed his first medium lenght film "I'm Coming Home" in 1968. He graduated from VGIK in 1971 with the film "A Quiet Day at the End of the War" which won a prize from the journal Soviet Screen at the seventh VGIK Student Film Festival. He realized his first feature film in 1974 and has acted in more than 25 films including three of his own movies. He worked at Mosfilm from 1974 to 1982 where he worked on many films. He produced eleven films as well as screenwriting and directing many more.