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Elena ()


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When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ...

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Elena
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Vladimir
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Katerina
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Sergey
Evgeniya Konushkina ...
Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov ...
Sasha
Vasiliy Michkov ...
Lawyer (as Vasily Michkov)
Aleksey Maslodudov ...
Vitek
Ekaterina Tarkovskaya
Ivan Mulin
Nikita Slepchenkov
Igor Yurtaev
Vasily Prokopyev
Dmitry Pavlenko
Aleksandr Pasechny
Anastasiya Sapozhnikova
Vladimir Kolosov
Lyudmila Alekseyeva
Kirill Rasnikov
Pavel Filippov
Oksana Semyonova
Larisa Khalafova
Vasily Zotov
Svetlana Frolova
Anzhela Dmitriyeva
Rustam Akhmadeev
Olga Lapshina
Andrey Zolotukhin
Yelena Kuznetsova
Vladimir Supik
Dilyara Aukhadiyeva
Oksana Golubeva
Yekaterina Lyolikova
Aleksandra Kudinova
Valeriya Sadykova
Ilya Barabanov
Yana Lvova
Erik Schlösse
Aleksandr Yeliseyev ...
Priest

Directed by

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Andrey Zvyagintsev

Written by

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Oleg Negin ... (screenplay) and
Andrey Zvyagintsev ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Ekaterina Marakulina ... executive producer (as Katya Marakulina) / executive producer / line producer
Sergey Melkumov ... producer
Alexander Rodnyansky ... producer (as Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy)

Music by

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Philip Glass

Cinematography by

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Mikhail Krichman

Film Editing by

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Anna Mass

Editorial Department

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Marina Biryukova ... production coordinator: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA
Mariya Kargopol ... production coordinator: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA
Ilya Kondratev ... end titles: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA / opening titles: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA
Violetta Kostromina ... editing: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA
Maksim Malyavin ... supervisor: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA
Ivan Maslennikov ... digital color timing: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA / telecine colorist: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA

Casting By

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Elina Ternyayeva

Production Design by

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Vassili Gritskov
Andrey Ponkratov
Valeri Zhukov

Art Direction by

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Andrey Ponkratov

Set Decoration by

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Andrey Grachov
Viktoriya Kudinova
Aleksandr Lozovsky ... (as Sasha Lozovsky)
Inna Saltykova

Costume Design by

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Anna Bartuli ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Yelena Dmitriyenko ... assistant makeup artist
Galina Ponomaryova ... makeup (as Galya Ponomaryova)

Production Management

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Ruslan Alikulov ... deputy production manager
Pavel Gorin ... production manager
Andrey Letsin ... administrator

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anastasiya Karasyova ... assistant director
Viktoriya Kudinova ... assistant director: props
Anna Kuriyenko ... assistant director
Aleksandr Lozovsky ... assistant director: props

Art Department

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Nikolay Buyankin ... property master
Maksim Korsakov ... assistant production designer

Sound Department

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Vyacheslav Bogachov ... additional sound editor
Artem Chechkenev ... re-recording editor (as Artyom Chechkenev)
Andrey Dergachev ... on-set sound cleanup and editing / sound editor / sound
AGM factory ... french dubbing mixer
Kévin Feildel ... french dubbing editor
Sergey Figner ... foley artist
Dima Grigoriev ... dialogue editor / on-set sound cleanup and editing (as Dmitry Grigoryev) / re-recording mixer (as Dmitry Grigoryev)
Sergey Kharchenko ... 2nd assistant sound mixer / additional sound editor
Vyacheslav Krasnobryzhy ... sound equipment
Stanislav Krechkov ... 1st assistant sound mixer / dialogue editor / sound editor / voice recording supervisor
Valery Levitanus ... foley editor
Stepan Tsokur ... 2nd assistant sound mixer
Aleksandr Volodin ... additional sound editor / sound effects recordist

Visual Effects by

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Vitaly Alekseyev ... visual effects: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA
Julia Huene ... producer: BAZELEVS VFX
Timur Khairulin ... 2D specialist: BAZELEVS VFX (as Timur Khayrulin)
Artyom Khorchev ... designer: BAZELEVS VFX
Stas Lebedev ... art director: BAZELEVS VFX
Stanislav Pologrudov ... 3D specialist: BAZELEVS VFX
Vladimir Sofronov ... 2D specialist: BAZELEVS VFX (as Vladimir Safronov)
Dmitriy Tokoyakov ... visual effects supervisor: BAZELEVS VFX
Aleksandr Tsyganov ... visual effects: OOO TVORCHESKAYA LABORATORIYA SALAMANDRA
Olesya Yermakova ... producer: BAZELEVS VFX

Stunts

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Petr Korolev ... stunt performer (as Pyotr Korolyov)
Vladimir Lukyanchikov ... stunt performer
Dmitry Tarasenko ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Aleksandr Badion ... camera operator: casting
Vasily Chesnokov ... rickshaw grip
Andrey Chumakov ... lighting technician
Sergey Fokin ... camera equipment rental: dolly
Yevgeny Gribkov ... video control operator: "b" camera
Dmitry Gritskov ... dolly and crane grip
Oleg Grotus ... loader
Aleksey Igolkin ... lighting technician
Viktor Kamushkov ... camera equipment rental: generator
Artur Krasheninnikov ... "b" camera operator
Mikhail Krichman ... camera
Andrey Kudryashov ... dolly and crane grip
Anatoly Lepyokhin ... dolly and crane grip
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
Pyotr Semyonov ... chief lighting technician
Yevgeny Vlasenko ... rickshaw grip
Sergey Vorobyov ... camera equipment rental: camera platform

Casting Department

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Yelena Simonova ... casting: Saint Petersburg

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tatyana Chernikova ... costumer
Anastasiya Vishnevskaya ... assistant costume designer (as Nastia Vishnevskaya)

Location Management

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Aleksandr Voronov ... location manager

Transportation Department

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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

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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
Yakov Gandrabura ... service vehicle rental
Yelena Genina ... film accountant
Sergey Gorokhov ... service vehicle rental
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
Mikhail Krikunov ... service vehicle rental
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
Anna Matveyeva ... post-production coordinator
Yuliya Mikhaylova ... financial manager
Yekaterina Mileshina ... accountant: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION
Marina Naumkina ... consultant: lawyer
Natalya Novikova ... on-set messing
Aleksandr Ostashov ... consultant: veterinary
Francis Ouellette ... distribution: Canada
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
Arkady Yagid ... technical director: KINOKOMPANIYA NON-STOP PRODUCTION

Thanks

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Maksim Blazhko ... thanks for assistance in making the film (as founder of DONSTROY Maksim Blazhko)
Jindrich Cipera ... thanks for assistance in making the film: casting assistance: VANTAGEFILM
Pavel Doreuli ... thanks for assistance in making the film: sound
Dmitry Dubrovin ... thanks for assistance in making the film: prompt technical assistance: RENTACAM
Dmitry Elyashev ... thanks for assistance in making the film: sound
Ivan Filippov ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Inna Gomes ... thanks for assistance in making the film
German Gref ... thanks for assistance in making the film: providing premises for filming (as President and Chairman of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref)
Nikolay Guryanov ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Natalya Isayeva ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Vlad Krichman ... thanks for assistance in making the film: camera operator
Yuliya Kulchitskaya ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Aleksandr Lavrov ... thanks for assistance in making the film: sound
Lali Modebadze ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Alevtina Nekrasova ... thanks for assistance in making the film (as Alevtina Yakovlevna Nekrasova)
Oleg Novikov ... thanks for assistance in making the film: sound
Mikhail Petrenko ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Maksim Poletayev ... thanks for assistance in making the film: providing premises for filming (as Vice-President of Sberbank of Russia and Chairman of Moscow Bank Maksim Poletayev)
Inna Saltykova ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Aleksey Samodelko ... thanks for assistance in making the film: sound
Ekaterina Shneyderova ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Valentina Skopova ... thanks for assistance in making the film (as Valentina Nikolayevna Skopova)
Astra Taylor ... thanks for assistance in making the film: providing television material: Zeitgeist Films
Vladimir Timakov ... thanks for assistance in making the film (as rector of church of Saints Zosimas and Sabbatius Wonderworkers of Solovki in Golyanovo and archpriest Vladimir Timakov)
Mikhail Vigdorov ... thanks for assistance in making the film
Alesia Weston ... thanks
Dmitry Zelenov ... thanks for assistance in making the film (as founder of DONSTROY Dmitry Zelenov)
Sabina Zhilina ... thanks for assistance in making the film (as Sabina Anatolyevna Zhilina)

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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  • Aldamisa International (producer's representative)
  • Altmedica (emergency medical car on set)
  • BBC Worldwide (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing television material)
  • Buka (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing a computer game)
  • Cinema-Profit (lighting equipment)
  • Ekho Moskvy (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing radio program fragment)
  • Kinodom (studio rental)
  • Kodak (film)
  • MC4 (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing television material)
  • Mosfilm (re-recording facilities)
  • Moya studiya (set construction)
  • NTV Plus (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing television material)
  • OOO Tvorcheskaya laboratoriya Salamandra (digital intermediate production)
  • Pyaty sezon (special effects)
  • Rentacam (thanks for assistance in making the film: prompt technical assistance)
  • STS (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing television material)
  • Sonic Service (sound equipment)
  • VID (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing television material)
  • ZAO Biblioteka prav Pervovo kanala (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing program fragment)
  • Zeitgeist Films (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing television material)
  • Zelenaya studiya (thanks for assistance in making the film: providing television material)

Storyline

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Plot Summary

Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena's son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir's daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Елена (Russia)
  • Jelena (Finland)
  • Éléna (Canada, French title)
  • Yelena (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • Έλενα (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Features Davay pozhenimsya! (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Symphony No. 3: Movement No. III See more »
Quotes Katerina: Shit's gotta be tasty, because millions of flies can't be wrong.
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