Review by The Movie Box – 5/12/2014

Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins called it, “viscerally moving,” while award-winning director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) declared it, “a rare cinematic experience.” That must be why the two prominent filmmakers have lent their names as executive producers and are presenting the poetic, dreamlike documentary “Elena,” in which Brazilian actress/filmmaker Petra Costa chronicles her emotionally-charged search for her long-lost sister.

Petra was merely a child when Elena moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. Years later, with her own aspirations of becoming an actress, Petra follows Elena’s footsteps, travels to America and in the process, treads on a nearly identical path — a path that may just offer clues to her missing sister’s whereabouts.

Check out the film’s trailer, which proudly displays glowing reviews, including one from acclaimed Brazilian director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road) who says it’s “one of the most moving, heartrending cinematic experiences he ever had.”

“Elena” is set to open in the States at the end of the month, starting in New York on May 30th.



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