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Jun 29 – Jul 5, 2012

Elena

Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia 109 min Not Rated

2012 Zeitgeist Films

Russian with English subtitles

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.

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