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SFS Talkies @ The Cathay: ELENA

What When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan. This latest feature from acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2011. Singapore Film Society is proud to present two screenings of ELENA as part of the SFS Talkies programme.
When 13 December 2013 (Friday) - 14 December 2013 (Saturday), 7pm
Where The Cathay (at Handy Road)

Film Screening: $12 for public, $10 discount for SFS Members (a valid Membership or Reel card must be presented at the box-office)

Tickets available at The Cathay box-office and



Dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev

2011 | Russia | 109 min | DCP | PG13 


From Andrei Zvyagintsev, the award winning director of THE RETURN (2003) and THE BANISHMENT (2007), comes his latest film ELENA, a beautifully filmed drama about a mother’s love, family dynamics and the hard choices in life.

Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds.  Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man; Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife.  They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages.  Elena’s son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money.  Vladimir’s daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. 

A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited.  A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth.  Back home he announces it to Elena.  With her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish, the shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life.

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