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Director
Andrey Zvyagintsev

Filmography
2003 Vozvrashchenie/The Return
2007 Izgnanie/The Banishment
2009 Apocrypha
2011 Elena

Biography
He graduated from the Novosibirsk Drama School (1984) and from the GITIS acting faculty in Moscow (1990). He was involved as an actor in several stage projects, TV series, and films. In 2003 he debuted with the feature film The Return, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice IFF and was awarded the title European Discovery of the Year at the European Film Awards in 2003. His next film, The Banishment, was selected for the Cannes competition in 2007, where the actor in the lead role, Konstantin Lavronenko, won the Best Actor Award.

Special Screenings

Elena / Andrey Zvyagintsev

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


Director:Andrey Zvyagintsev
Script:Oleg Negin, Andreï Zvyagintsev
Cinematography:Mikhail Krichman
Editing:Anna Mass
Sound:Andrey Dergachev, Stas Krechkov
Art Direction:Andrey Ponkratov, Maxim Korsakov
Costumes:Anna Bartuli, Nastia Vishnevskaya, Tatyana Chernyakova
With:Andrey Smirnov (Vladimir), Nadzhda Markina (Elena), Elena Lyadova (Katerina), Alexey Rozin (Sergey), Evgenia Konushkiva (Tatyana),
World Sales:Pyramide International, France T. +33 1 4296 0220 yoann@pyramidefilms.com www.pyramidefilms.com
Distribution in Greece:Seven Films Yannis Drepas Τ. +30 210 3818 777 drepas@sevenfilms.gr www.sevenfilms.gr
Production Design:Vasiliy Gritskov, Valeriy Zhukov
Producer:Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov
Production:Non-Stop Production, Russia T. +7 91 6641 6719 shneyderova@gmail.com
Production Country:Russia
Format:35mm Color
Duration:109'
Production Year:2011
”Un Certain Regard”Special Jury Award - Cannes IFF 2011
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Monday, November 07, 2011 - 20:30 | ID:315
JOHN CASSAVETES:Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 21:30 | ID:456
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