CGIS South, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium)
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Elena (Russian: Елена) is a 2011 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize. The film depicts the social and cultural distance between the inhabitants of an exclusive apartment in downtown Moscow and a crumbling khrushchevka in Moscow's industrial suburb. Elena is a woman with a proletarian background who connects these disparate worlds. She met Vladimir, an elderly business tycoon, in a hospital when she was his nurse. Their alliance has been described by a critic as "a morganatic marriage nearly a century after the October Revolution".
This is the second film in our three part screening of Andrey Zvyagintsev's works.
Free admission, no RSVP required.
Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
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