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    MOSCOW, February 27, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Natalia Kurova). "Russia is the country I love," French film star Catherine Deneuve told a press conference on Thursday. She came to Moscow to attend the presentation of the book "Catherine Deneuve. From Umbrellas of Cherbourg to 8 Women" by Russian film critic Andrei Plakhov.

    "I am happy to be in Russia again. I feel at ease here. This is not my first visit to Russia but I did not have enough time to get acquainted with Russia and Moscow. This time I came with my friend, who visits Moscow for the first time, and tomorrow we shall take a walk over the Russian capital," Catherine Deneuve said.

    The presented book is Andrei Plakhov's second work dedicated to the French actress. According to Deneuve, she saw a lot of him and it helped to create the book. She believes that a man from other country speaking a foreign language and belonging to different culture examines the work of his character more thoroughly and its makes his book more profound and impersonal.

    Catherine Deneuve highly assessed modern Russian films. "I try not to miss any Russian film. I like Russian films very much and consider them lyrical and moving. I was much impressed by Andrei Zvyagintsev's movie The Return," she said.

    In her words, she recollects her joint work with Russian actors Oleg Menshikov and Sergei Bodrov Jr. with pleasure and mourns for the latter.

    Catherine Deneuve says that she follows the work of interesting film directors. "I like to watch films not at special shows but with ordinary people. Most of all I like and value silence in the auditorium. There is something thrilling in it," the film star noted.

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