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Elena - 5th Reel Brazil Film Festival


Fri 23 May 2014, 4:15pm
Sun 25 May 2014, 2:45pm

Where: The Suter Theatre, 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Concession: $12.00
  • Senior: $10.00
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Listed by: ReelBrazil

DIRECTOR: Petra Costa
EDITOR: Marilia Moraes, Tina Baz
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Janice D’avila, Will Etchebehere, Miguel Vassy
MUSIC: Vitor Araújo, Fil Pinheiro, Maggie Hastings Clifford, Gustavo Ruiz
PRODUCTION: Petra Costa, Julia Bock, Daniela Santos

“A rare cinematic experience. A film that generates 60 insights per minute”- Fernando Meirelles, Director of City of God, Blindness, The Constant Gardener

"One of the most moving, heartrending experiences I've ever lived in cinema. It's a must see!" - Walter Salles, Director of The Motorcycle Diaries & Central Station

Winner Best Cinematography, 2013, Planete + Doc Film Festival, Poland
Official Selection, 2013 SXSW, Austin, Texas
Winner Best Feature Documentary, 2013, Films de Femmes de Créteil, France

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother: to become a movie star. She leaves behind her a childhood spent in hiding during the years of military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra now an actress, travels to New York in search of Elena. This film “is a cinematic rendering of a memory; a visualization of a person long gone; a deeply personal poem of film that manages to also be incredibly humane and universal. The film is bolstered by the dreamy photography of Costa on the streets of New York. The result is a mesmerizing, artful and emotional piece of filmmaking that consistently surprises and awes in its sensitivity and (as Herzog would say) ecstatic truths.” - Katie Walsh, Indiewire

Proceeded by NZ short film Night Shift (2012) by Zia Mandviwalla.