Nikita Mikhalkov – Urga AKA Territory of Love AKA Close to Eden [+Extras] (1991)


Plot Synopsis by Michael Betzold

Veteran Russian writer-director Nikita Mikhalkov’s film about the impact of modern civilization on an idyllic part of Mongolia won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film. A farmer (Bayyartu) and his wife, who live in a rural part of Inner Mongolia, have three children. Chinese population control policies prevent them from having any more. The farmer sets out for the nearest town to obtain birth control. He comes upon a Russian truck driver (Vladimir Gostyukhin) who has ended up in a lake. The farmer takes the man back to his farm, and after initially being appalled at the lack of civilization, the Russian becomes enchanted with the peaceful life of the backwards countryside and decides to stay. But his presence presages big changes for the peasants.

Extras : short movie about mongoly, interview with Artemiev


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  1. I paid for the download of the movie above from NitroFlare and the downloaded version has no English subtitles as reported by you. I speak neither Russian nor Mongolian, so I ask you to provide the version with English subtitles, version available as advertised, and assume the cost of the new download. Thank you, Elsa Buadas

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