Zeitgeist Films | Elena
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Film Info
2011
109 mins
Color
Russia
In Russian with English subtitles
35mm
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby SRD
Rating: Not rated
Synopsis

Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize, Elena is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment—he’s a still-virile, wealthy businessman; she’s his dowdy former nurse who has clearly “married up.” Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife’s freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan…. Masterfully crafted by award-winning Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (Golden Globe nominee The Return) and featuring evocative, Hitchcockian music by Philip Glass, Elena is a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature.

AWARDS WON BY ELENA

WINNER
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
UN CERTAIN REGARD

WINNER
GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST FILM
GHENT FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
DURBAN FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER
BEST ACTRESS
FESTIVAL NOUVEAU CINEMA MONTREAL

WINNER
BEST ACTRESS
SEVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

NOMINEE
BEST ACTRESS
EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS




Links

ELENA is released in the UK by New Wave Films