Natalya Bondarchuk

Natalya Sergeyevna Bondarchuk (Russian: Наталья Серге́евна Бондарчук) (born May 10, 1950) 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 director and actor Sergei Bondarchuk and the Russian actress Inna Makarova. Her half-brother is the film director and actor Fedor Bondarchuk; her half-sister is the actress Yelena Bondarchuk.

Natalya Sergeyevna Bondarchuk
Born (1950-05-10) May 10, 1950
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Nikolai Burlyayev
ChildrenIvan Burlyayev
Parent(s)Sergei Bondarchuk
Inna Makarova
AwardsMerited Artist (1977)


Natalya Bondarchuk was born in Moscow to Ukrainian director and actor Sergei Bondarchuk and the Russian actress Inna Makarova. In 1971 she graduated from the acting school of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and in 1975 from the directing school there.

She made her film debut in 1969 in 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.[1] She was also Tarkovsky's favorite of the film, as he wrote in his diary that "Natalya B. has outshone everybody".[2]

In 1973 she met her future husband Nikolai Burlyayev (Russian: Николай Бурляев) on the set of the Nikolai Mashchenko film Kak zakalyalas stal (How the Steel Was Tempered) (Russian: Как закалялась сталь). The two later withdrew from their participation in this film. In 1976 their son Ivan was born.

She played princess Mariya Volkonskaya in the 1975 historical film The Captivating Star of Happiness by Vladimir Motyl.

In 1982 she directed her first film, Zhivaya raduga (Living Rainbow). The film was produced in Yalta. In 1985 she directed the film Detstvo Bambi (Bambi's Childhood), and in 1986 the film Yunost Bambi (Bambi's Youth).

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


As Actress

As Director

  • 1982 : Living Rainbow
  • 1985 : Bambi's Childhood
  • 1986 : Bambi's Youth
  • 1991 : God, hear my prayer
  • 2006 : Pushkin: The Last Duel
  • 2015 : Snow Queen


  1. Natalya Bondarchuk. Natalya Bondarchuk Interview (DVD). Criterion Collection.
  2. Tarkovsky, Andrei; transl. by Kitty Hunter-Blair (1991). Time Within Time: The Diaries 1970-1986. Calcutta: Seagull Books. pp. 44–45 (December 4, 1970). ISBN 81-7046-083-2.
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