Oscar-winning ‘Burnt By The Sun’ author was 83 – Deadline
Rustam Ibragimbekov, the famous Soviet-era writer behind films including the 1994 Oscarr Burnt by the sun and the 1970 classic white desert sun, died Friday in Moscow, according to several reports. He was 83 years old.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR on February 5, 1939, Ibragimbekov wrote more than 50 films throughout his career, including Keep me, my talisman (1986), A stone’s throw from Eden (1991), The Barber of Siberia (1998), Is West (1999), Broken bridges (1999) and Nomad: The Warrior (2005), breaks out with the action comedy white desert sunwhich he wrote with Valentin Ezhov for director Vladimir Motyl.
He co-wrote the historical drama Burned by the sun with director Nikita Mikhalkov and saw this film win the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival en route to the Oscars.
Ibragimbekov was also a director, producer and playwright who helmed the films Aila (1998), Telephone doveriya (2001) and A trap for the ghost, (2011), as well as a segment from 1977 Günlarin bir günü. He has written over a dozen plays which have been staged in theaters across Russia and founded the Ibrus Theater in 2001.
Ibragimbekov launched his career after studying screenwriting and directing at the Gerasimov Film Institute in Moscow. He was a member of the European Film Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Plans for a memorial have not yet been released.