Director, scriptwriter, producer, teacher. Born in Kazan. Graduated from the Kazan University as a philologist. Was a teacher at a village school, later a reporter in republican newspapers. In 1989 Marina Razbezhkina started writing and shooting documentaries. She wrote and directed more than 35 documentary films which participated in competition at the festivals IDFA, DOK Leipzig, ARTDOCFEST and many others.
In 2004 Razbezhkina made her first feature film “Harvest Time” which was awarded numerous prizes at international festivals in Europe, the USA, China, and South Korea. The film was shortlisted for the Fassbinder nomination - Discovery of the Year (2004) by the European Film Academy, won the Golden Disc at the Chicago Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival, the Silver Alexander Prize, and the Prize for Artistic Achievement at Thessaloniki Film Festival. One of the wordings in the award sheet of the film "Harvesting Time" was: "For the artistic disclosure of the pagan nature of the totalitarian myth."
Four times she became the winner of the national film award "Laurel Branch", including "For Contribution to Film Chronicle". Chairman and jury member of international film festivals in Germany, Italy, Georgia, Armenia, Russia, permanent tutor in the Doctrain program of the German Goethe Institute, artistic director of the international festival of documentary debuts in Sviyazhsk (Republic of Tatarstan), annually gives master classes in documentary film directing in Russia , USA, China, England, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Georgia, Armenia, etc.
For the past 14 years Marina Razbezhkina has headed the School of Documentary Film and Documentary Theatre, which she founded together with Mikhail Ugarov. This is the first author's Film School in Russia. This is a unique educational project which arouses a lot of interest in film school in Europe and the USA. Films by the School graduates invariably participate in Russian and international festivals.
Marina Razbezhkina is a member of several film academies: the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "Oscar", the European Film Academy, the Russian Film Academy NIKA.
Lives in Moscow.