Timur Nuruakhitovich Bekmambetov (Kazakh: Темір Нұрыахытұлы Бекмамбет, Temir Nurıaxıtulı Bekmambet; Russian: Тимур Нуруахитович Бекмамбетов, born June 25, 1961) is a Kazakh and Russian film and advertisement director.
Bekmambetov was born on June 25, 1961 in Guryev, Kazakh SSR, USSR (now Atyrau, Kazakhstan) and is ethnic Kazakh. At the age of 19, he moved to Tashkent, then-Soviet Union where in 1987 he graduated from the A. N. Ostrovsky Theatrical and Artistic Institute. After serving in the army, he started his career with movie director Viktor Verzhbitsky, who later became Bekmambetov's closest colleague and played in almost all of the movies directed by him.
Between 1992 and 1997, Bekmambetov was one of the directors of the popular World History advertisements for the Bank Imperial.
In 2004, Bekmambetov directed Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor), a popular Russian fantasy film based on the book by Sergey Lukyanenko. The sequel, Day Watch (Dnevnoi Dozor) (2006), was likewise directed by Bekmambetov. He also directed the Roger Corman-produced remake of the 1974 film The Arena in 2001, also titled The Arena starring Karen McDougal and Lisa Dergan. He shows a common soldier's view in the