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Directed by : Andrei ZVIAGINTSEV (Андрей ЗВЯГИНЦЕВ)
Writing credits : Oleg NEGIN (Олег НЕГИН), Andrei ZVIAGINTSEV (Андрей ЗВЯГИНЦЕВ)
Nadezhda MARKINA (Надежда МАРКИНА) ...Yelena
Andrei SMIRNOV (Андрей СМИРНОВ) ...Vladimir
Aleksey ROZIN (Алексей РОЗИН) ...Sergey
Yelena LIADOVA (Елена ЛЯДОВА) ...Katerina
Cinematography : Mikhail KRICHMAN (Михаил КРИЧМАН)
Sound : Sergey BUBENKO (Сергей БУБЕНКО)
Produced by : Aleksandr RODNIANSKY (Александр РОДНЯНСКИЙ)
Production : AR Films
Sites : Page Allociné, page IMDb
Release date in France : 2012-03-07, Site

Awards :
Best feature film Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2012
Best directing Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2012
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Yelena LIADOVA , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2012
Best Cinematography Mikhail KRICHMAN , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2012
Special Jury prize, Un certain regard, Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 2011
First prize Film Festival Ghent, Ghent (Belgium), 2011
Best actress Nadezhda MARKINA , Seville European Film Festival : SEFF, Seville (Spain), 2011
Best actress International Film Festival of India : IFFI, Goa (India), 2011
Best film Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best directing Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Yelena LIADOVA , Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best directing "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best actress Nadezhda MARKINA , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Yelena LIADOVA , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Best Cinematography Mikhail KRICHMAN , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
Winner of the 2010 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award

DVD with subtitles
Editeur : Pyramide Vidéo. 2012. Titre : Elena

Plot synopsis
The central character of Zvyagintsev’s new film is a middle-aged woman named Elena. She leads a calm, prosperous life in her cozy apartment. In the evenings, she watches television serials, while her husband Vladimir, who prefers to watch sporting events, sleeps in their lavish bedroom next door. In the morning, they meet over breakfast and trade perfunctory small talk. Elena’s only problem is her unemployed alcoholic son. He lives with his family in a poor building complex on the outskirts of the city – and he always needs money. Once a month, Elena goes to visit her grandchildren and give her son some cash. Elena’s husband, meanwhile, has no intention of forking over his money. He barely has the patience for his wife, who so readily gives her pension to her son. One day, Vladimir has a heart attack and the issue of inheritance comes up. Elena develops a plan to save her son, which changes this gentle, likeable woman beyond recognition.
Source Action_Berlinale_02-2011

Commentaries and bibliography
Andrei Zviagintsev: Elena (2011), Mariya KONDRATOVA, Review,, 2013
"Je voulais raconter l'effondrement d'une âme". Entretien avec Andreï Zviaguintsev, réalisateur du film Elena, Thomas SOTINEL, Interview,, 2012
Елена, Review,, 2012
Elena - la critique, Christophe BUTELET, Review,, 2012
Elena : ciel gris, Review, Eric NEUHOFF,, 2012
Elena : Crime sans châtiment. Interview de Andreï Zviaguintsev, Alexis GENG, Interview,, 2012
Elena : un portrait acerbe de la Russie, Thibault FLEURET, Review,, 2012
Elena , crime sans châtiment, Pascal MERIGEAU, Review,, 2012
Andreï Zviaguintsev : « En Russie, les classes aisées se réfugient dans leur coquille », Arnaud SCHWARTZ, Interview,, 2012
Andreï Zviaguintsev : « Je suis d'un cinéma où tout est pensé… », Sophie AVON, Interview,, 2012
Andrei Zvyagintsev: "J'opère un diagnostic médical de notre société russe", Thomas BAUREZ, Interview,, 2012
Cinéma Russe : Anguelina NIKONOVA - Andreï ZVIAGUINTSEV [Enregistrement sonore], Article,, 2012
Жоэль Шапрон : "Похоже, что Россия наконец решила заняться экспортом своих фильмов", Interview,, 2012
Elena, existences parallèles, Anne-Marie PIETTE, Review,, 2012
Evolving Russia Finds a Recorder of Its Moment Elena and Its Director, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Sophia KISHKOVSKY, Review,, 2012
Joël Chapron : "La Russie semble avoir enfin décidé de prendre en main l’exportation de ses films", Interview,, 2012
Les 11 meilleurs films russes de 2011, Article, La Russie d'aujourd'hui, 2012
Moscou d'éclats. Avec Elena, Zviaguintsev peint avec talent les tensions sourdes et violentes de la société russe., Olivier SEGURET, Review,, 2012
Elena, la lutte classe d’Andreï Zviaguintsev, Olivier SEGURET, Review,, 2011
Elena , Review, Howard Feinstein,, 2011
Елена «Сеансу» отвечают…, Group of authors, Article,, 2011
Андрей Звягинцев: Богатые и бедные… Невозможность выбора… [О фильме Елена], Larisa MALUKOVA, Review,, 2011
Дочки-мачехи [О фильме Елена], Igor MANTSOV, Review,, 2011
Имя собственное Елена, Anton DOLIN, Review, Искусство кино, 6, 2011
Собачье сердце. Евгений Васильев о Елене Андрея Звягинцева, Review,, 2011
Un Russe remporte la palme de l'originalité, Irina LIOUBARSKAYA, Interview,, 2011

Selected in the following festivals :
- Rencontres du 7ème art à Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland), 2019
- Cairo International Film Festival, Cairo (Egypt), 2018
- Angers Festival Premiers Plans, Angers (France), 2016
- Carthage Film Festival, Carthage (Tunisia), 2016
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2014
- Strasbourg two weeks of Russian cinema, Strasbourg (France), 2013
- Trois Jours de cinéma russe à La Ciotat, La Ciotat (France), 2013
- Russian film symposium. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (USA), 2013
- Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil ), 2012
- The Russian Masters, Montreal (Canada), 2012
- Hong-Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong (China), 2012
- Prague International Film Festival : Febiofest, Prague (Czech Republic), 2012
- Festival de films russes Kinorama au cinéma Royal de Biarritz, Biarritz (France), 2012
- Festival de cinéma russe à Marly, Marly (France), 2012
- Russian Film Festival, Orléans (France), 2012
- Days of Russian cinema in Limoges, Limoges (France), 2012
- Europe around Europe, Paris (France), 2012
- Festival of russian culture, Quimperlé (France), 2012
- Festival l'Avenue du cinéma, Paris (France), 2012
- Cinémas russes à Montauban, Montauban (France), 2012
- Release in France of the film, Different cities (France), 2012-03-07
- The Dublin International Film Festival, Dublin (Ireland), 2012
- Trieste Film Festival, Trieste (Italy), 2012
- Tromso International Film Festival : TIFF, Tromso (Norway), 2012
- Era New Horizons IFF, Wroclaw (Poland), 2012
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2012
- Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2012
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2012
- International Film Festival Tarkovski, Ivanovo (Russia), 2012
- Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona (Arizona) (USA), 2012
- Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs (USA), 2012
- Seattle International Film Festival : SIFF, Seattle (USA), 2012
- Sundance Film Festival, Park City (USA), 2012
- Russian Resurrection Film Festival, Different cities (Australia), 2011
- Film Festival Ghent, Ghent (Belgium), 2011
- Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Sao Paulo (Brazil ), 2011
- Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver (Canada), 2011
- New Cinema Festival, Montreal (Canada), 2011
- Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto (Canada), 2011
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), 2011
- Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival : PÖFF, Tallinn (Estonia), 2011
- Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki (Finland), 2011
- Arras International Film Festival, Arras (France), 2011
- Les rencontres des cinémas d'Europe, Aubenas (France), 2011
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2011
- Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 2011
- Russian Film Week in Paris : Regards de Russie, Paris (France), 2011
- FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema, Cottbus (Germany), 2011
- Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki (Greece), 2011
- International Film Festival of India : IFFI, Goa (India), 2011
- Haifa International Film Festival, Haifa (Israel), 2011
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2011
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Annual award of the Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2011
- Art Film Festival, Trencin (Slovakia), 2011
- Seville European Film Festival : SEFF, Seville (Spain), 2011
- Antalya "Golden Orange" International Film Festival, Antalya (Turkey), 2011
- Middle East International Film Festival : MEIFF, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), 2011
- Russian Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2011

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