First Chicago theatrical engagement!

By Siskel Film Center – 7/1/2014

NOVOS Elena no palco _25I3026

The most successful documentary of the year in Brazil and the recipient of a passel of rave reviews upon its recent New York opening, Petra Costa’s intensely personal first film is a haunting attempt to commune with her older sister Elena, who committed suicide at age 20, when Petra was seven. Following in her sister’s footsteps, Petra journeys from Brazil to New York, where the vibrant but troubled Elena unsuccessfully pursued a career as an actress. With a fragmented, lyrical style that evokes Resnais and Malick, the filmmaker time-travels through home movies, audio recordings, interviews, and reenactments (with herself as Elena), immersing herself in her sister’s identity in the hope of finding her own. In English and Portuguese with English subtitles



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