Peter Mostovoy

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Born22 January 1938
  • Film director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Cameraman
  • Mikhail Mostovoy (father)

Mostovoy Peter[1] (born 22 .01.1938, Vladivostok) Russian - Israel film director, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, cameraman. Peter Mostovoy was born to a Red Army commander, Mikhail Yakovlevich Mostovoy (1912 – 1987), who served in the Far East. Mikhail was only 24 years old when, having gone for a vacation to his relatives in Odessa, Ukraine, met his beloved wife-to-be, Tanya Olshanskaya. The couple moved to Vladivostok, where Peter was born, January 22nd, 1938. In 1955, after graduating from high school and music school, Peter entered the Physics Department of the Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute. In 1961, upon his graduation, he began working at the Scientific Research Institute of Broadcasting Reception and Acoustics (Leningrad). Physicist by education, he began his career in film as an amateur. He made his first film “Living Water”, which brought him many international prizes. It was then that he left his scientific career, and in 1965 the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). At the same time, he began to work at the Leningrad newsreel studio Lendoc. There, as a cameraman, he shot his first films, “Look at the Face” (1966) and “Marina’s Life” (1966). A year later he made his directorial debut with the film, “Only Three Lessons” (1968). These works of art became classics. Peter became historically renown as a documentary film maker. He was one of the creators of the so-called “Leningrad Wave” which he and his colleagues made popular with their films. Those colleagues included Pavel Kogan, Mikhail Lityakov, Semyon Aranovich, Valery Guryanov, and Mikhail Mass. This was a unique phenomenon for Soviet film in those years. In 1970, Peter was invited by the Polish Minister of Cinematography to join the Warsaw Documentary Film Studio, where he directed the film “Master Belkovsky and Comrades.” From 1970 to 1976 he worked as a director and screenwriter at film studios in Moscow and Leningrad.

Since 1971 he has been a member of the Union of Cinematographers (Moscow)[2]. In 1977 he was accepted as a director at the Central Studio of Documentary Films (CSDF) in Moscow. In the late 1980’s – early 1990’s he headed the Risk Film Studio (Moscow) and a creative workshop at the Higher Directing School in Moscow and taught at the Norwegian National Film Center in Oslo. He was a member of the jury of Film Festivals in Nyon (Switzerland, 1992), Leipzig (2002), Krakow (2003), St. Petersburg (2003), Warsaw (2007) , Plovdiv (2007). Since 1993 Mostovoy has been living and working as a freelance Director for several Israeli Television Channels. Mostovoy's distinguished and prolific film career includes two full-length feature films and over forty documentaries, resulting in the achievement of many prestigious national and international awards, including:

Peter Mostovoy has been honored to sit on the Judging Panel of many International Film Festivals:

  • Nyon, Switzerland (1992)
  • Leipzig, Germany (2002)
  • Krakow, Poland (2003)
  • St. Petersburg, Russia (2003)
  • Warsaw, Poland (2007)
  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2007)


  1. Коллектив авторов (1987). Кино:Энциклопедический Словарь. Москва: Советская Энциклопедия. p. 279.
  2. Справочник Союза кинематографистов СССР (6000 экз ed.). Moscow: Всесоюзное бюро пропаганды киноискусства. 1986. p. 204.

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