Saturday, December 16, 2017

Russian film director Aleksei Balabanov dead at age 54

Acclaimed Russian film director Aleksei Balabanov died on Saturday at the age of 54 as a result of what is believed to be a heart attack.

Balabanov was pronounced dead after collapsing from a suspected heart attack in the village of Solnechnoye outside St. Petersburg, according to Radio Free Europe.

Best known for his 1997 crime drama "Brother" and its sequel "Brother-2," the director received attention for the anti-war statements inherent in his subsequent films "War", "Blind Man's Bluff" and "It Doesn't Hurt."

Balabanov was born in the Sverdlovsk region. In 1990, the filmmaker moved to St. Petersburg, Radio Free Europe reports.