Ilya Naishuller

Russian film director, film actor, producer, screenwriter and frontman of the indie rock band Biting Elbows. Father is an oligarch - Viktor Naishuller. From 8 to 14 he studied in London. After returning to Russia, he graduated from the British International School in Yasenevo. Has no higher education. Naishuller dropped out of the Institute of Television and Radio Broadcasting, then entered the university in the state of New York, but did not graduate either. In 2008 he founded the Russian indie rock band Biting Elbows, in which he released two studio albums. In March 2013, he directed the Biting Elbows' "Bad Motherfucker" YouTube video with a total of over 40 million views. In 2015, he directed the action movie Hardcore with Shalto Copley, Hayley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky, Dariya Charusha and Svetlana Ustinova based on his own script; he also produced and co-directed the TV series «Barvikha». In 2016 he shot a video for The Weeknd's «False Alarm», and in 2017 - for the song of the «Leningrad» group «Kolshchik». Since the summer of 2010, he has been married to actress Dariya Charusha.

Hardcore Henry (2015)

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Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, AKAN, and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy, who is Henry's only hope to make it through the day. Hardcore ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Sharlto Copley  •  Haley Bennett  •  Danila Kozlovsky  •  Tim Roth

Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, AKAN, and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy, who is Henry's only hope to make it through the day. Hardcore ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Sharlto Copley  •  Haley Bennett  •  Danila Kozlovsky  •  Tim Roth

All at Once (2014)

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DIRECTION:  Roman Karimov
CAST:  Andrey Muravyev  •  Yuliya Khlynina  •  Anton Shurtsov  •  Aleksandr Pal

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DIRECTION:  Roman Karimov
CAST:  Andrey Muravyev  •  Yuliya Khlynina  •  Anton Shurtsov  •  Aleksandr Pal

Startup (2014)

Russia’s answer to U.S. box-office hit “The Social Network”, the movie tells the story of a pair of Moscow students in the mid-90s who create an internet search engine that becomes one of the largest in the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Evgeniy Tkachuk  •  Roman Karimov
CAST:  Evgeniy Tkachuk  •  Shamil Khamatov  •  Ieva Andrejevaitė  •  Emmanuil Vitorgan

Russia’s answer to U.S. box-office hit “The Social Network”, the movie tells the story of a pair of Moscow students in the mid-90s who create an internet search engine that becomes one of the largest in the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Evgeniy Tkachuk  •  Roman Karimov
CAST:  Evgeniy Tkachuk  •  Shamil Khamatov  •  Ieva Andrejevaitė  •  Emmanuil Vitorgan

Biting Elbows: Bad Motherfucker (2013)

A short film shot in the style of a first person shooter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Andrey Dementyev  •  Ilya Kondratiev  •  Garik Buldenkov  •  Alexei Zamaraev

A short film shot in the style of a first person shooter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Andrey Dementyev  •  Ilya Kondratiev  •  Garik Buldenkov  •  Alexei Zamaraev

I'm Losing It (2018)

There's two great loves in Anya's life, her athlete boyfriend Zhenya and food. Zhenya is not happy how Anya has been gaining weight due to her eating habits and decides to dump her. But Anya doesn't want to give up and decides to get rid of excess weight with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexey Nuzhnyy
CAST:  Aleksandra Bortich  •  Irina Gorbacheva  •  Sergey Shnurov  •  Evgeniy Kulik

There's two great loves in Anya's life, her athlete boyfriend Zhenya and food. Zhenya is not happy how Anya has been gaining weight due to her eating habits and decides to dump her. But Anya doesn't want to give up and decides to get rid of excess weight with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexey Nuzhnyy
CAST:  Aleksandra Bortich  •  Irina Gorbacheva  •  Sergey Shnurov  •  Evgeniy Kulik

The Medic (2016)

Ilya Naishuller's short for the Saatchi and Saatchi's 25x25 one-minute shorts collection.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Mikhail Babichev  •  Darya Charusha  •  Andrey Dementyev  •  Vladislav Kaptur

Ilya Naishuller's short for the Saatchi and Saatchi's 25x25 one-minute shorts collection.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Mikhail Babichev  •  Darya Charusha  •  Andrey Dementyev  •  Vladislav Kaptur

Nobody (2021)

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Hutch Mansell, a suburban dad, overlooked husband, nothing neighbor — a "nobody." When two thieves break into his home one night, Hutch's unknown long-simmering rage is ignited and propels him on a brutal path that will uncover dark secrets he fought to leave behind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Bob Odenkirk  •  Christopher Lloyd  •  Connie Nielsen  •  J.P. Manoux

Hutch Mansell, a suburban dad, overlooked husband, nothing neighbor — a "nobody." When two thieves break into his home one night, Hutch's unknown long-simmering rage is ignited and propels him on a brutal path that will uncover dark secrets he fought to leave behind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Bob Odenkirk  •  Christopher Lloyd  •  Connie Nielsen  •  J.P. Manoux

The Execution (2022)

For more than 10 years, Russian police forces have tried to stop the country’s smartest and most wanted serial killer. But even when he gets caught, nobody can prove his guilt. As the manhunt intensifies, the investigation grows increasingly personal between the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lado Kvataniya
CAST:  Niko Tavadze  •  Yuliya Snigir  •  Viktoriya Tolstoganova  •  Daniil Spivakovskiy

For more than 10 years, Russian police forces have tried to stop the country’s smartest and most wanted serial killer. But even when he gets caught, nobody can prove his guilt. As the manhunt intensifies, the investigation grows increasingly personal between the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lado Kvataniya
CAST:  Niko Tavadze  •  Yuliya Snigir  •  Viktoriya Tolstoganova  •  Daniil Spivakovskiy

Heads of State

A 90's style two-hander with a high-octane premise that has a bit of Air Force One meets Hobbs and Shaw, bringing together an odd couple in a high stakes situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Idris Elba  •  John Cena

A 90's style two-hander with a high-octane premise that has a bit of Air Force One meets Hobbs and Shaw, bringing together an odd couple in a high stakes situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Idris Elba  •  John Cena

Young Man (2022)

Vanya Revzin, in his thirties, despite a gold medal at school and a red diploma from Moscow State University, was at the bottom: his wife went to the CCM in boxing, she was fired from a miserable job in a bank, and before the mortgage for a small studio was closed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexandr Fomin
CAST:  Pavel Tabakov  •  Danila Kozlovsky  •  Danila Poperechny  •  Ingrid Olerinskaya

Vanya Revzin, in his thirties, despite a gold medal at school and a red diploma from Moscow State University, was at the bottom: his wife went to the CCM in boxing, she was fired from a miserable job in a bank, and before the mortgage for a small studio was closed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexandr Fomin
CAST:  Pavel Tabakov  •  Danila Kozlovsky  •  Danila Poperechny  •  Ingrid Olerinskaya

The Stampede (Insane Office Escape) (2013)

Official music video for Biting Elbows' The Stampede  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Andrey Dementyev  •  Ilya Kondratiev  •  Garik Buldenkov  •  Alexei Zamaraev

Official music video for Biting Elbows' The Stampede  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Andrey Dementyev  •  Ilya Kondratiev  •  Garik Buldenkov  •  Alexei Zamaraev

Biting Elbows: Boy is Dead (2021)

Adapt to the tastes of the audience and lose the identity of your work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Anfisa Vistingauzen  •  Pavel Derevyanko  •  Natalya Ionova  •  Ilya Naishuller

Adapt to the tastes of the audience and lose the identity of your work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  Anfisa Vistingauzen  •  Pavel Derevyanko  •  Natalya Ionova  •  Ilya Naishuller

Leaving Berlin

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False Alarm (2016)

The official music video for The Weeknd's "False Alarm".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  The Weeknd  •  Kristine Froseth  •  Randy Irwin  •  Sam Hale

The official music video for The Weeknd's "False Alarm".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ilya Naishuller
CAST:  The Weeknd  •  Kristine Froseth  •  Randy Irwin  •  Sam Hale