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Urga

Urga

by Nikita Mikhalkov

Russia

 

Urga

Director: Nikita Mikhlakov

Script: R. Ibragimbekov

Cinematographer: Vilen Kalyuta

Editor: Joëlle Hache

Art Director: A. Levchenkov

Music: Eduard Artemyev

Cast: Badema Bayaertu, V. Gostyukhin, Babushka, L. Kuznetsova, Jon Bochinski

Production: Turkmenfilm

Distribution:
Pyramide Distribution
5 rue du Chevalier de St George
75008 Paris
France
Tel: 0033 1.42.96.01.10
Fax: 0033 1.40.20.02.21
Mail: programmation@pyramidefilms.com
www.pyramidefilms.com

Year: 1991

35 mm, Colour, 95 min, 
OV Russian, Mongolian and MAndarin with French Subtitles

Golden Lion Venise Film Festival 1991

Gombo is a young Mongol cattle breeder who lives with his wife Pagma, his children Bourma and Bouin, and with Babouchka, the grand-mother. They share their life in a yurt, in the middle of the steppe and in perfect harmony with nature. Only Baiartou, his somehow fanciful uncle, comes to visit them from time to time. When Gombo puts his ‘urga’, visitors know they should not disturb the cou ple in their privacy. One day, he welcomes Sergei, a Russian driver, whose truck broke down in the area. A peculiar friendship starts between the two men who are worlds apart. They leave for the city together to buy condoms and a TV set… Urga, the pole lasso used to gather the cattle around a yurt, is also the name of the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire. It is a symbol of tradition and nomadic life. Urga, which was awarded the Gold Lion at Venice festival in 1991, takes us into the vast Mongol lands with magnificent images and invites us to share the last moments of a world where man seemed to live in full harmony with a nature he respected and loved.

 
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