BIFF17 Elena18th August, 2017
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 quiet and submissive sixty-something grandmother, rattling around inside a gilded cage, trapped in a loveless, icy and faltering marriage. Their Moscow city apartment may be plush and luxurious, but Vladimir holds the purse-strings tight. Elena’s hopes of finally helping her son and grandchildren out of the slums are unforeseeably crushed, and 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.
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
“Spectacular. Stunning … An outstanding Russian drama of fractured families, money and quiet desperation.” – The Hollywood Reporter