May 16, 2012
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin
Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Elena Lyadova, Alexey Rozin, Evgenia Konushkina, Igor Ogurtsov, Vasiliy Michkiv, Alexey Maslodudov
Copyright Holder: N/A
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.