Elena is one of the year’s most celebrated films, from Russian maestro Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return). It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2011, where it won the Special Jury Prize.
This extraordinary new thriller is an engrossing morality tale about a coveted inheritance that tests loyalties and family ties. It follows middle-aged couple Elena (Nadezhda Markina) and Vladimir (Andrey Smirnov), who come from very different walks of life. She is a shy housewife, while he is a well-off businessman, and both have strained relationships with their children from previous marriages.
When Vladimir is hospitalised after a heart attack, he reveals that he is leaving his wealth exclusively to his daughter. Elena’s hopes of helping her son and grandchildren are crushed, triggering a desperate plan that will have disastrous consequences.
We have 10 double passes to give away, available to use in Palace Cinemas this weekend (in all states except WA).
To enter simply tell us which renowned composer wrote the score for Elena. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address by 12pm (midday) Wednesday 13 June.
Some Reviews of Elena:
‚ÄúTerrific, and intriguingly Chabrol-ish. Tense, edge-of-the-seat stuff.‚Äù
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
‚ÄúSensational. Has the taut dramatic structure of a Dostoyevsky parable, matched with mesmerising long-take technique, a hushed, disquieting soundscape, and images that jangle in your head for days. Breathtaking. A film to crow about loudly.‚Äù
Tim Robey, THE TELEGRAPH (UK)
‚ÄúMesmerising. A mysterious existential thriller that’s brilliantly acted and masterfully directed, without a second of wasted screen time. Utterly absorbing. Quiet, haunting and magnificent.‚Äù
Andrew O’Herir, SALON.COM