Born in 1972 in Moscow. Popogrebsky studied psychology in Moscow and Wisconsin.
After two shorts co-directed with Boris Khlebnikov, the duo made their feature debut in 2003 with “Roads to Koktebel”. The film won the Jury Prize at the Moscow Film Festival and many other awards and received the “revelation of the year” accolade from FIPRESCI.
Popogrebsky’s solo debut came in 2006 with “Simple Things” for which he won both a Nika and a Golden Eagle (Russian national film awards) as well as festival awards in Karlovy Vary and Sochi.
“How I Ended This Summer” (2010) premiered in competition at the Berlinale and won two awards from the jury. In 2011, Popogrebsky made an experimental 3D short, “Bloodrop”. In 2017, he directed the TV series “Optimists”.
Popogrebsky supervises the directing program at the Moscow Film School.