Elena

Elena (09/2011)

Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev
Producer: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov
Production Company: NON STOP PRODUCTION
Screenplay: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Cinematographer: Mikhail Krichman
Editor: Anna Mass
Sound: Andrey Dergachev, Stas Krechkov
Production Designer: Vasily Gritskov, Valeriy Zhukov

Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena’s son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir’s daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life.

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
WINNER
BEST ACTRESS
ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS

NOMINEE
BEST ACTRESS
EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

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