Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Urga
France/USSR, 1991. Aria, Caméra One, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Hachette Première, Ministry of Culture and Communications, Studio Trite, Union Generale Cinematographique. Story by Rustam Ibragimbekov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Screenplay by Rustam Ibragimbekov, Jacques Gary. Cinematography by Vilen Kalyuta. Produced by Michel Seydoux. Music by Eduard Artemev. Production Design by Aleksey Levchenko. Costume Design by Irina Ginno. Film Editing by Joelle Hache.
When a Russian highway worker gets drunk and crashes his car into a river somewhere in the middle of Mongolia, he befriends a local village family who take him in and give him shelter and food. The man ends up bringing to this primitive, beautiful culture all manner of modernity that has all manner of results. Nikita Mikhalkov makes the discovery of this into a captivating, intentionally unspectacular film. The photography of the wide open Asian plains is intoxicating and beautiful, the record of culture clash poignant and intelligently observed.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film