Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival Awards
Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Russian Academy of Motion Pictures Awards
Best Film, Ghent Film Festival Awards
Nadezhda Markina, Best Actress, Seville European Film Festival Awards
A film by Andrei Zvyagintsev
Starring Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov and Aleksey Rozin
When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan to save it.
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.
EXTRAORDINARY! Grounded by Markina’s magnificent performance. . . Brilliantly shot.
—Howard Feinstein, Screen Daily
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