Dilyara Tasbulatova was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, where she graduated from school and worked in a factory before being accepted into the Screenplay-Film Scholarship section of the State Institute for Filmmaking (VGIK) in Moscow. After graduation she worked at the Kazakhfilm Studio and the journal New Film. She moved permanently to Moscow in 1993 and worked for the journal Ogonek, Channel One Television, and the newspapers Novaia gazeta and Vecherniaia Moskva. She is currently the film critic for the weekly news-magazine Itogi and covers the Cannes, Berlin, and Venice Film Festivals. She has written almost two thousand articles on cinema and has received awards for "Best Film Journalist in Russia" (2002) and "Best Film Critic in Russia" (2000).