ELENA is on Variety’s ‘deserving list’ for SXSW
“With 78 features world premiering at SXSW this year, Variety couldn’t possibly get to everything. Here are quick takes from senior film critic Peter Debruge on a handful of deserving films that didn’t receive full reviews.
A ghost story, but not in the conventional sense, this haunting visual essay delves into the disappearance of the helmer’s older sister, Elena, who left Brazil for New York with dreams of becoming a star but instead found tragedy. A mix of personal memories, homemovies and snatches of letters home dictated by Elena, the docu interweaves its various fragments like gestures in a modern dance — an experimental offering for fans of intimate, arty pics like ‘Tarnation’ and possibly even ‘Pina’.”