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Encyclopedia > Urga (film)
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
Produced by Michel Seydoux
Jean-Louis Piel
René Cleitman
Written by Rustam Ibragimbekov
Nikita Mikhalkov
Starring Bayaertu
Vladimir Gostyukhin
Music by Eduard Artemyev
Cinematography Vilen Kalyuta
Editing by Joëlle Hache
Distributed by Miramax Films (US)
Curzon Video (UK)
Release date(s) 1991
Running time 109 mins (US VHS)
114 mins (UK VHS)
118 mins (Russia)
Language Mongolian / Russian / Mandarin
IMDb profile

Urga is a 1991 film by Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov. It is released in North America as Close to Eden. It depicts the friendship between a Russian truck driver and a Mongolian shepherd in Inner Mongolia. The film was an international co-production between companies based in Russia and France. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 260 × 454 pixelsFull resolution (260 × 454 pixel, file size: 28 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Urga (film) VHS cover (UK) This image is of a videotape cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of... Nikita Mikhalkov in the 2005 Fandorin movie The Councillor of State. ... Rustam Ibragimbekov (Azeri: RüstÉ™m MÉ™mmÉ™d Ä°brahim oÄŸlu Ä°brahimbÉ™yov) (born February 5, 1939 in Baku) is Azerbaijani screenwriter, dramatist and producer, well known beyond his home Azerbaijan and CIS. Rustam Ibragimbekov graduated from Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute, then studied script writing and film directing... Eduard Nikolayevitch Artemyev (born 1937) is a Russian composer of electronic music. ... Vilen Kalyuta was an Armenian cinematographer. ... Image:The Current Miramax type in 2003 “Miramax” redirects here. ... Mandarin has a number of meanings: mandarin, a bureaucrat of Imperial China, and in the United Kingdom and Canada, by analogy, any government bureaucrat Mandarin, a group of dialects of spoken Chinese, or more specifically, its standardized dialect, Standard Mandarin Mandarin Airlines, a subsidiary of China Airlines mandarin duck, Aix... Nikita Mikhalkov in the 2005 Fandorin movie The Councillor of State. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Inner Mongolia (Mongolian: ᠥᠪᠦᠷ ᠮᠣᠨᠺᠤᠯᠤᠨ ᠥᠪᠡᠷᠲᠡᠺᠡᠨ ᠵᠠᠰᠠᠬᠤ ᠣᠷᠤᠨ r Mongghul-un bertegen Jasaqu Orun; Chinese: 内蒙古自治区; Hanyu Pinyin: N... In filmmaking, an international co-production is a film made by production companies from different countries. ...


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The Mongolian shepherd Gombo lives in a yurt in Inner Mongolia with his wife, three children and grandmother. They are happy with their uncomplicated rural lives. His wife is expecting another child, and birth control is unavailable where they live. A Russian truck driver named Sergi is stranded nearby, and finds his way to their house, where he and Gombo become friends despite their cultural differences. Gombo and Sergi go into the nearest city together, where Gombo buys a television set and attempts to buy contraceptives, but decides not to when he realizes everyone at the drugstore is a woman. Sergi, a former army bandsman, sings "Hills of Manchuria" in a nightclub, as the band plays from the sheet music tattooed on his back. He is arrested and then bailed out of jail by Gombo.

Gombo returns home, and along the way stops and takes a nap. He has a strange dream featuring his drunken, horse riding relative as Attila the Hun and his wife as Attila's wife. In the dream both he and Sergei are captured and killed. Gombo wakes and arrives home, with the television, and he and his family watch alternately the President of America speaking and a badly sung variety show. The movie ends with Gombo and his wife going into the fields, bringing the Urga (a long stick with a lasso on the end used to capture animals) which is then stuck into the ground far away in the fields, a signal that a couple is being intimate.

Spoilers end here.


Urga won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Best European Film at the European Film Awards. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and for a Golden Globe in the same category. The Golden Lion (it: Leone dOro) is the name of the highest prize given to a film at the Biennale Venice Film Festival. ... The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ... The European Movie Awards are the most prestigious paneuropean movie awards. ... The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best film in a language other than English, released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

External links

Urga page at IMDB The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ...

Preceded by
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Golden Lion winner
Succeeded by
The Story of Qiu Ju
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