Russian film director and screenwriter Alexander Zeldovich completed his elementary education at a specialist mathematics school. He was the in the same class as Lev Yevzovich, later to be a member of the AES+F art group, while one of the pupils in the class ahead of him was Boris Yukhananov, the current artistic director of the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. In 1980 Zeldovich graduated from the psychology department of Moscow State University and he subsequently worked as a psychologist at various medical organizations in Moscow. In 1982 He entered the Higher Courrses of screenwriters and directors in the workshop of Gleb Panfilov and Alexander Mitta. Since 1986 he has been a director at Mosfilm Studios. In various years he has taught at the Higher Director's Courses and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow.
His debut feature film was Sunset (1990), a fantasy based on a play by Isaac Babel. The premiere was held at the Berlin International Film Festival that same year.
Zeldovich completed his film Moscow in 2000. It was based on a script that he wrote with the novelist Vladimir Sorokin. The premiere, a major event in Russian cinema, took place at the Venice International Film Festival.
Zeldovich's debut as a theatre director took place in February 2003 when he, in collaboration with AES+F, staged Othello at the Meyerhold Center.
His film Target (2011), for which he again wrote the script with Vladimir Sorokin, received 3 White Elephant awards which are voted on by film critics and film journalists. The world premiere took place at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
In the fall of 2015 Zeldovich and AES+F began rehearsing a production based on Sarah Kane's Psychosis 4:48 at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre.