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NIKITA MIKHALKOV'S 'CLOSE TO EDEN,' DISTRIBUTED BY MIRAMAX, SELECTED AS RUSSIA'S ACADEMY AWARD ENTRY FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

NIKITA MIKHALKOV'S 'CLOSE TO EDEN,' DISTRIBUTED BY MIRAMAX, SELECTED
 AS RUSSIA'S ACADEMY AWARD ENTRY FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
 NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov's new film "Close to Eden," opening this Friday, Nov. 6, in Los Angeles, through Miramax Films, has been officially selected as the Russian Republic's entry for Best Foreign Language Film in this year's Academy Awards competition.
 Set against the beautiful and vast landscape of China's inner Mongolia, "Close to Eden" is a haunting love story about a young married Mongolian couple whose traditional existence is intruded upon by modern civilization, Chinese laws and a stranded Russian truck driver. "What intrigued me," said Mikhalkov, "was the confrontation between timeless Mongolia and the curious friendship that develops between such different worlds." The film also reflects the change in Russian cinema since the end of communism.
 Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 1991 Venice Film Festival, "Close to Eden" has also been presented at the Telluride, Colo.; Boston, Toronto and Mill Valley, Calif., film festivals.
 "Close to Eden," previously titled "Urga," was directed by Mikhalkov ("Dark Eyes") and written by Roustam Ibraguimbekov from a story by Mikhalkov and Ibraguimbekov. Supervising producer Michel Seydoux and associated producer Rene Cleitman collaborated earlier on the 1990 production of "Cyrano de Bergerac." Executive producer was Jean-Louis Piel.
 Miramax Films opened "Close to Eden" theatrically in New York on Oct. 30, and will open the film in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 6, at Laemmle's Royal Theater and the South Coast Plaza Cinemas in Orange County.
 Foreign language films distributed by Miramax Films have won the Foreign Language Oscars for the past four years. They are: "Mediterraneo" (1991), "Journey of Hope" (1990), "Cinema Paradiso" (1989) and "Pelle The Conquerer" (1988).
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