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Andrey Zvyagintsev (screenplay) and
Oleg Negin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 September 2011 (Russia) See more »
When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Andrey Zvyagintsev 
Writing credits
Andrey Zvyagintsev (screenplay)

Oleg Negin  screenplay

Produced by
Ekaterina Marakulina .... executive producer
Ekaterina Marakulina .... line producer
Sergey Melkumov .... producer
Alexander Rodnyansky .... producer (as Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy)
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
Mikhail Krichman 
Film Editing by
Anna Mass 
Casting by
Elina Ternyayeva 
Production Design by
Andrey Ponkratov 
Art Direction by
Andrey Ponkratov 
Set Decoration by
Andrey Grachov 
Costume Design by
Anna Bartuli (costumes)
Makeup Department
Yelena Dmitriyenko .... assistant makeup artist
Galya Ponomaryova .... makeup
Production Management
Ruslan Alikulov .... deputy production manager
Pavel Gorin .... production manager
Andrey Letsin .... administrator
Anna Matveyeva .... post-production coordinator
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anastasiya Karasyova .... assistant director
Viktoriya Kudinova .... assistant director: props
Anna Kuriyenko .... assistant director
Aleksandr Lozovsky .... assistant director: props
Art Department
Nikolay Buyankin .... property master
Maksim Korsakov .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Andrey Dergachev .... sound
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing editor
Sergey Kharchenko .... 2nd assistant sound mixer
Stanislav Krechkov .... 1st assistant sound mixer
Stanislav Krechkov .... dialogue editor
Stepan Tsokur .... 2nd assistant sound mixer
Aleksandr Volodin .... sound effects recordist
Visual Effects by
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Dmitriy Tokoyakov .... visual effects supervisor
Pyotr Korolyov .... stunt performer
Vladimir Lukyanchikov .... stunt performer
Dmitry Tarasenko .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Aleksandr Badion .... camera operator: casting
Viktor Chumakov .... lighting technician
Yevgeny Gribkov .... video control operator: "b" camera
Aleksey Igolkin .... lighting technician
Artur Krasheninnikov .... "b" camera operator
Vladimir Mishukov .... still photographer
Igor Obnosov .... video control operator
Aleksey Polyakov .... lighting technician
Vladimir Protsenko .... key grip
Viktor Saratov .... focus puller
Pavel Semyonov .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Yelena Simonova .... casting: Saint Petersburg
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tatyana Chernikova .... costumer
Anastasiya Vishnevskaya .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Transportation Department
Vasily Boymestryuk .... driver
Anatoly Hîrbu .... driver
Vitaly Kirsanov .... driver
Vsevolod Kirsanov .... driver
Anatoly Kiselitsa .... driver
Konstantin Korneyev .... driver
Dmitry Mogunov .... driver
Aleksandr Morozov .... driver
Renat Samirkhanov .... driver
Grigory Tretyukhin .... driver
Other crew
Shama Raza Ali .... executive director: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Natalya Andreyeva .... extras coordinator
Nina Andreyeva .... assistant: S. Melkumov: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Pyotr Aseyev .... general director: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Rozaliya Balakhonova .... chief accountant: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Yelena Genina .... film accountant
Bella Khromchenkova .... chief accountant: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Yekaterina Kolesnikova .... accountant: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Larisa Kolomoyets .... on-set messing
Anna Kopnalina .... pantry
Olga Korneva .... office manager: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Tatyana Krotova .... office manager
Olga Kudryavtseva .... production director: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Mariya Kukleva .... financial director: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Igor Laptev .... horse handler
Svetlana Levina .... financial director: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Irina Makarova .... consultant: cardiologist
Yekaterina Mamakina .... animal handler
Kirill Manuylov .... horse handler
Natalya Martynova .... lawyer: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Yuliya Mikhaylova .... financial manager
Yekaterina Mileshina .... accountant: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Marina Naumkina .... consultant: lawyer
Natalya Novikova .... on-set messing
Aleksandr Ostashov .... consultant: veterinary
Yekaterina Ozerova .... production department manager: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Fyodor Petrov .... general director: NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Dmitry Pshonkin .... consultant: resuscitationist
Sofya Rodnikova .... animal handler
Aleksey Shestakov .... lawyer: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Mariya Shulgina .... script supervisor
Alya Somkina .... animal handler
Aleksandr Voronov .... location manager
Arkady Yagid .... technical director: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Alesia Weston .... thanks

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109 min
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The film was originally planned to be made in English under the name "Helen", with Elena, Vladimir and Sergey called Helen, Richard and Dan, respectively. Andrey Zvyagintsev dropped the idea when he realized working with an English producer meant "overcoming the issues of the creative method, of the language of cinema." Soon he proposed the script to Alexander Rodnyansky and the next day after Rodnyansky read it, he phoned Zvyagintsev and said, "Let's start." Zvyagintsev thanked Rodnyansky in a later interview for sharing his views.See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Crime and no punishment, or????, 6 April 2014
Author: sergepesic from Minneapolis, USA

After Zvyagintsev's first movie, "The Return", I desperately wanted to see more of his work. He made another movie that I couldn't find, and finally- "Elena". New Russia, few new rich, and not so new, many poor. The land of fake equality became a land of stunning disparity. And the same kind of ruthless, lacking conscience kind of person that thrived in communism, does ever so well in the pool of greed and self-absorption. It was always about money and power, anyway. Cruel world and cruel deeds. What would one do for those he or she loves, no matter how undeserving they are. Apparently everything, even kill. Human capacity for evil surpasses very few things, and the ability to justify evil tops everything else. Hence the world we live in. Very simple actually, but still beyond comprehension of billions.

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