The 3rd floor gallery of the California Museum of Photography is closed for the installation of Color Shift from August 12th through August 30th, reopening on August 31st.

Elena


Directed by: Andrei Zvyagintsev


Russia | 109 minutes | Unrated



Screening

Friday, June 15, 2012, 7pm - 9pm

Screening

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 7pm - 9pm



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 and featuring evocative, Hitchcockian music by Philip Glass, Elena is a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature. 

"Elena has the taut dramatic structure of a Dostoyevsky parable, matched with mesmerizing long-take technique, a hushed, disquieting soundscape, and images that jangle in your head for days." - Tim Robey, Telegraph 

Winner, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, 2011