Elena

NON STOP PRODUCTION, Russia, 2011

Director
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Actors
Nadejda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Elena Lyadova, Alexey Rozin, Evgenia Konushkina, Igor Ogurtsov, Vasiliy Michkov
Year
2011
Production
NON STOP PRODUCTION, Россия
фото Владимира Мишукова / photo by Vladimir Mishukov

Elena

DirectorAndrey Zvyagintsev
РroducersAlexandr Rodnyanskiy, Sergey Melkumov
WritersOleg Negin, Andrei Zvyagintsev
CameraMikhail Krichman
MusicPhilip Glass
Production designAndrey Ponkratov
Costume designAnna Bartuly
Sound
Andrey Dergachev
EditAnna Mass
Make-upGalya Ponomareva
Executive producerEkaterina Marakulina
 

 

Actors

Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Elena Lyadova, Alexey Rozin, Evgenia Konushkina, Igor Ogurtsov, Vasiliy Michkov

Film's blog

http://elena-movie.ru


Elena, a woman of a certain age and humble origins, has married Vladimir - а successful but now retired businessman. She commits herself to caring for her husband, but also to supporting the family of her son from an earlier marriage. Her son, the unemployed Serezha, lives with his wife and two children in a poor, commuter suburb. Vladimir’s daughter Katerina – “a bohemian princess” – seldom sees her father but is not shy to take his money. Navigating between these two banks – between “bitter ale” and “milk and honey,” between Biryulevo and Ostozhenka – Elena at some point has to make a choice: which of the banks is hers? Her natural instinct, that of “an ordinary person,” helps her resolve this dilemma in an incredibly banal, yet at the same time monstrous, way. The two banks of the river seem to merge and become one territory – “a scorched earth”.

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