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ELENA

Russia, 2011 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Andrey Zvyangintsev

ELENA

"A wise and impeccably controlled drama that finds Russian helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev in outstanding form." - Variety

Elena dotes on her selfish, wealthy husband Vladimir and lives a lonely life surrounded by luxury in a sterile, ultra-modern penthouse. But when the aging Vladimir informs Elena that he is altering his will to leave his money to his spoiled, boozy daughter from a previous marriage, she makes a decision to speed Vladimir's journey to the grave before the will can be changed.

Award-winning director Andrey Zvyagintsev conjures an uncompromising vision of a Russia in moral disarray in this tautly restrained domestic drama. A literate and chilling take on contemporary class warfare, Elena paints a riveting portrait of decadence and the emptying of the Russian soul.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at Cannes.

D Andrey Zvyagintsev P Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov S Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev Dist Palace Films L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

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