BIFF17 Elena

18th August, 2017 (15+)
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  • Director Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Cast Aleksey Rozin, Andrey Smirnov, Nadezhda Markina
  • Duration 109 min
  • Rating 15+
  • Language Russian with English subtitles
  • Genre Drama, Film Festival
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Barracks, Palace Centro

Synopsis

Elena (Nadezhda Markina) finally clawed her way out of poverty by marrying a wealthy man – but happiness remains tantalizingly outside her reach. Now she’s a submissive sixty-something grandmother, rattling around inside a gilded cage, trapped in a loveless, and faltering marriage. Their Moscow city apartment may be plush and luxurious, but Vladimir holds the purse-strings tight. Elena’s hopes of helping her family out of the slums are unforeseeably crushed, as she comes up with a desperate – almost unthinkable – plan.

This noir thriller is a riveting trip deep into the darker side of human nature, examining just what it takes to fray and sever the ties that bind.

Awards

Winner Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, 64th Cannes Film Festival, 2011
Winner Best Performance by an Actress (Nadezhda Markina) and High Commendation, Achievement in Directing, 5th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2011

Reviews

  • “Spectacular. Stunning … An outstanding Russian drama of fractured families, money and quiet desperation.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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