LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Writer-director Nikita Mikhalkov parodied a scene from his Academy Award-winning ``Burnt By the Sun'' as he slung his young daughter over his shoulder and walked off with the foreign film Oscar on Monday night.

Mikhalkov introduced his daughter, Nadia, who played his daughter in the film.

``First time in my life I didn't have problem with actress,'' said Mikhalkov, whose previous films include ``Close to Eden,'' ``Dark Eyes'' and ``Five Evenings.''

Nadia beamed.

The film, Russia's entry in the Oscars, tells the story of Stalinism's devastating impact on the life of a Bolshevik colonel.

``I want to say the truth, which I don't know. And maybe I want to say the truth, cruel truth. But I'm absolutely sure that the cruel truth without love is a lie,'' Mikhalkov said, paraphrasing lines from Fellini's classic ``8 1/2.''

The film beat first-time nominees from Macedonia and Cuba _ ``Before the Rain'' and ``Strawberry and Chocolate,'' respectively _ as well as Taiwan's ``Eat Drink Man Woman'' and Belgium's ``Farinelli: Il Castrato.''

``We can't and don't have the right to ignore the history of our country,'' Mikhalkov has said of his film, set during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s.

``Repentance is a duty for all those who have lived in this era and who are still alive today.''