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Natalya Bondarchuk

Natalya Sergeyevna Bondarchuk is a Soviet and Russian actress and film director, best known for her appearance in Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris as "Hari".

She is the daughter of the Ukrainian actor Sergei Bondarchuk and the Russian actress Inna Makarova. Her brother is the film director and actor Fyodor Bondarchuk, her sister is the actress Elena Bondarchuk.

Natalia Bondarchuk was born in Moscow in 1950 In 1971 she graduated from the Institute of cinema (VGIK), where her teachers were S. Gerasimov and his wife T. Makarova. The students from that gifted group worked together in several films (Eremenko, Belokhvostikova).

She made her film debut in 1969 in the film "U ozera" (By the Lake), followed by the 1971 productions "Ty i ya" (You and Me) and "Prishyol soldat s fronta" (A Soldier Returns From the Front). She became famous for her role as "Hari" in Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris in 1972. It was her favorite role. She was also Tarkovsky's favorite of the film, as he wrote in his diary that "Natalya B. has outshone everybody".

With time Natalia Bondarchuk has become a popular actress, film director and screenwriter for the most of her own films. She filmed two wonderful fairy-tales about Bamby's childhood and played his mom. Her little son was a charming deer baby there.

Natalya Bondarchuk also leads a child opera theater on Krasnaya Presnya in Moscow. Her son Ivan Burlyayev sang in this theater during his childhood.

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