Ivan Bolotnikov is a writer and director of documentary and feature films. Born in Moscow in 1969, he graduated with a degree in art history from Moscow State University and also completed the Advanced Course for Screenwriters and Film Directors. From 2000 to 2004, he worked as a trainee director on Hard to Be a God with director Alexey German in Russia and the Czech Republic. He directed five short and feature-length documentaries between 2005 and 2014. Kharms (2016) and Palmyra are his first and second narrative features, respectively.