Author Biography - Andrei Tarkovsky: The Collector of Dreams by Layla Alexander-Garrett

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Layla Alexander-Garrett


Prize of the Guild of Russian Film Critics 2010 "Elephant"

Author and playwright Layla Alexander-Garrett was born in Uzbekistan and studied Russian language and literature, Tibetan language and Tibetan Buddhism, and completed her Film Studies at Stockholm University.

As an interpreter Layla Alexander-Garrett worked with such icons of Film and Dramatic Art as Andrei Tarkovsky on his last film The Sacrifice (1986, Sweden) and Yuri Lubimov at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, as well as at the Covent Garden Royal Opera House in London.  

Layla Alexander-Garrett is the author of a prize-winning memoir, Andrei Tarkovsky: The Collector of Dreams and a photo album Andrei Tarkovsky: A Photographic Chronicle of the Making of The Sacrifice. She has written, directed and produced a short film The Yawning Man. She is also the author of the plays Gaspard de la nuit, The Hanged Man,  Not Losing a Son and English Breakfast.

Being an active cultural figure, Layla Alexander-Garrett is an organizer of numerous charity concerts and art festivals, including Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Paradjanov festivals in London, as well as the author of photo exhibitions, shown in many cities of the world.

A documentary film based on the book Andrei Tarkovsky: The Collector of Dreams was named the best national project 2011 and received the highest award at the national competition Service To The Fatherland: Events and Names.

Currently Layla Alexander-Garrett lives in England.

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