Good friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Received the Russian Academy Award for Close to Eden (1991), the same year Mikhail Vartanov did for Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)
After hosting the 31st Russian International Film Festival in 2009, Mikhalkov controversially announced his disappointment in upcoming Russian filmmakers, stating that producers and production companies should stop sucking up to rich, backed-up people and should really fund the talented, gifted filmmakers.
He is the younger brother of Andrey Konchalovskiy and one of the most famous Soviet/Russian filmmakers.
Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 1996