Australian poster for Russian noir "Elena".

Australian poster for ELENA (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, Designer: Carnival Studio Poster source: IMPAwards in Movie posters

Elena (2011) Russia. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes.

by Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia, beautiful rough film

Elena (Russian: Елена) is a 2011 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize.

Vladimir is reaching the end of his life and decides to leave his wealth to his only daughter, cutting out his wife and her son from his will.

Sam Smith's limited-edition screenprint poster for "Elena", which comes out May 16!

Limited edition screenprint poster for ELENA (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, Designer: Sam Smith [see also] Poster source: Sam’s Myth Read all about the design process for this poster and see.

"Well-dressed, if conservatively and a bit on the matronly side, she emanates the aura of a fading Russian beauty: slow and glacial exterior belying, one imagines, the incendiary mix on the inside waiting for a spark."

"Well-dressed, if conservatively and a bit on the matronly side, she emanates the aura of a fading Russian beauty: slow and glacial exterior belying, one imagines, the incendiary mix on the inside waiting for a spark.

ELENA screenprint process by Sam's Myth. 18x24" limited edition commemorative screenprint for Zeitgeist Films' theatrical release of ELENA. Signed & numbered edition of 100, printed at Kangaroo Press, Nashville, TN.

ELENA screenprint process by Sam's Myth. limited edition commemorative screenprint for Zeitgeist Films' theatrical release of ELENA. Signed & numbered edition of printed at Kangaroo Press, Nashville, TN.

"A monster disguised as a saint, a repenting sinner facing her idols in a temple — how is that for an image of the Apocalypse?" - Andrey Zvyagintsev (director of Elena)

"A monster disguised as a saint, a repenting sinner facing her idols in a temple — how is that for an image of the Apocalypse?" - Andrey Zvyagintsev (director of Elena)

Elena montage. From No Past Land.

“ I would give everything to wake up not here and now, but there and then.

“Elena” is a moral drama, all right, but one pitched in a dark and ambiguous Russian register reminiscent of a 19th-century short story or a fairy tale...

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“Elena” is a moral drama, all right, but one pitched in a dark and ambiguous Russian register reminiscent of a short story or a fairy tale.

Official Selection - Spotlight - Sundance Film Festival. Opening May 16, 2012. 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…

Opening May Winner of Cannes' Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize, ELENA is a gripping, m.

"Even as Elena contemplates the unthinkable, Ms. Markina’s grand, subtle performance reinforces the film’s view of her as its most compassionate character." NYT

Elena

Russian prominent film director Andrei Zvyagintsev talks about his 'Elena', which is now shown in several cinemas in the UK.

"sweet, feminine woman, full of love and care " Elena by Andrei Zvyagintsev

This was quite an unusual movie. It's definitely worth viewing. A slow burner.

We see two old people who have what appears to be an entirely normal relationship. You could even say that these people love each other, though it’s not a passionate, youthful kind of love. We see their mutual care, gentleness and tact, which, along with their dedication and fairness, persuade us that they are bound by a lasting love.

We see two old people who have what appears to be an entirely normal relationship. You could even say that these people love each other, though it’s not a passionate, youthful kind of love. We see their mutual care, gentleness and tact, which, along with their dedication and fairness, persuade us that they are bound by a lasting love.

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