Elena (Petra Costa)

Release date: May 30, 2014
(NY)

Studio: Variance Films, Syndicado

Director: Petra Costa

MPAA Rating: N/A

Screenwriters: ,

Starring: Petra Costa, Elena Andrade, Li An

Genre: Drama, Documentary

Duration: N/A

Copyright Holder: N/A

Copyright: N/A

Plot Summary:

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, moved to New York with the same dream her mother had: to become a film actress. She left behind a childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also left Petra, her beloved seven-year-old sister. Over time, Elena’s calls and letters home trailed off, until one day they stopped entirely. Years later, Petra also becomes an actress and heads to New York in search of her destiny, but also in search of her troubled sister. She remembers and imagines Elena through home movies, letters, a diary, and dreamlike sequences full of longing. As she tries to unravel the mystery of her sister, their stories overlap and begin to blur, challenging us to discover truths about forgiveness, loss, catharsis, and love.

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