Elena

  • Feature Documentary,
  • 80 min,
  • USA/Brazil

Screenings:
Friday, October 17: 6:20 PM Moffat-Ladd House,
Saturday, October 18: 6:30 PM Moffat-Ladd House,

Elena
  • Director: Petra Costa
  • Producers: Petra Costa and David Senigo
  • Screenwriters: Petra Costa and Carolina Ziskind
  • Starring: Elena Andrade, Li An and Petra Costa

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven-year-old sister.

Two decades later, Petra also becomes an actress and goes to NY in search of Elena. She only has a few clues about her: home movies, newspaper clippings, a diary and letters. At any moment Petra hopes to find Elena walking in the streets in a silk blouse. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused; we no longer know one from the other.