Andrei Kureichik (1980) is a prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, director and publicist from Minsk, Belarus, currently living in exile. He has written and/or directed 27 feature films, as well as over 20 plays that have been staged in 37 countries worldwide.
Kureichik is a founding member of the Coordination Council of Belarus (CCB), alongside notable figures such as Belarusian President-Elect Svetlana Tikhanouskaya and Nobel Prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich. The CCB was established to ensure the democratic transfer of power in the wake of the contested 2020 presidential elections in Belarus, which autocratic president Alexander Lukashenko refused to concede. During the brutal crackdown which ensued, members of the CCB were arrested or forced into exile as Lukashenko violently clung to power. Since then, Kureichik and his family have had to relocate first to Slovakia, and now, with the support of Artists at Risk (AR) to Finland. Kureichik joins AR-Safe Haven Helsinki as the AR-ICORN Resident for 2021.
Some of Kureichik’s most prominent recent works include:
- Amursky. Count Muravyev, a play about Russian statesman Count Muravyev-Amurksy, staged at the Khabarovsk Regional Drama Theatre
- Moving Up (as screenwriter), a film about the victory of the USSR’s national basketball team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, which became the highest-grossing film in the history of Russian cinema
- Insulted. Belarus, a unique theatre project of international solidarity with Belarus about the protests in the wake of Lukashenko’s refusal to cede power. This play has been at the centre of over 200 performances, readings, screenings and discussions worldwide.
Kureichik has won several prestigious awards, including the Russian Ministry of Culture Award for Best Modern Play for Piedmont Beast (2002), the Belarusian Ministry of Culture Award for Best Modern Play for Old Senor (2003), a Special Jury Prize from the Russian Professional Film Production Award SHOT! for Above the Sky (2012), a Special Award for Cinematic Versatility at the XVIII Open Russian Comedy Film Festival Smile, Russia! for PARTY-ZAN (2017), and the Best Director Award at the XII International Festival MILK in Odessa, Ukraine for Insulted. Russia (2019).
As a member of the CCB, Kureichik was also a co-recipient of the European Parliament’s 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the EU’s highest award for human rights work.
Beyond his work on-stage and on-screen, Kureichik has lectured widely on film and theatre, at a number of prominent institutions including the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, the European Humanities University, the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, the Council of Europe School, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Leeds, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava.
In Finland, Kureichik will be introduced to leading figures in the world of film and theatre. Preliminary plans include lectures in the department of Film, Television and Scenography at Aalto University.
Related at AR:
Welcoming Andrei Kureichik as the 2021 AR-ICORN Resident at AR-Safe Have Helsinki!
AR-Resident Andrei Kureichik Receiving Direct Death Threats from Agents of Lukashenko Regime
Press Release: Premiere of Andrei Kureichik’s new documentary play, Voices of New Belarus, in Ukraine
Andrei Kureichik’s works premiere on YLE and at National Theatre
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Andrei Kureichik is an AR-ICORN Resident at Artists at Risk (AR)-Safe Haven Helsinki. The programme is co-funded by the City of Helsinki Culture and Leisure Division and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) as part of Artists at Risk – A European Network of Safe Havens (AR-ENSH). The AR-Network is coordinated by the AR-Secretariat with support from Kone Foundation and curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM).