Alexander Mitta (born 28 March 1933 in Moscow) is a Soviet and Russian. Mitta's birth name was Alexander Naumovich Rabinovich. He studied engineering (graduated in 1955), then worked as a cartoonist in art and humor magazines.
In 1960 Mitta graduated from VGIK’s film directing program (Mikhail Romm’s workshop). Mitta's career as film director and screenwriter spans from the 1960s until the 2010s. Among his movies are “Shine, Shine, My Star” about actors trying to survive and work during the time of the Russian revolution and the high budget catastrophe movie “Air Crew” (1979). Mitta has received numerous awards for his work. In 1980, Mitta was a member of the jury at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.
He teaches in Hamburg and at Alexander Mitta’s Studio School in Moscow. He is the author of the book “Film between Heaven and Hell”.