This movie will be shown on July 3, 2012, 7:30pm at the Mayan.
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, Elena is a gripping, suspenseful, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir (Andrey Smirnov) and Elena (Nadezhda Markina) 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 (director of Golden Globe nominee The Return) and featuring evocative, Hitchcockian music from Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3, Elena is a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature. (Fully subtitled)