Elena: Tender tale of two sisters seeking their dreams in New York

The Peninsula – 4/21/2014

ELENA, the most-watched Brazilian documentary of 2013, will be shown on Thursday and Friday from 7pm at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) auditorium as Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) Qatar Brazil 2014 Cinema Showcase for this month.

‘Elena’ is an elegant, poetic and visually stunning piece of work by Petra Costa It portrays love and loss in a poetic and delicate style.

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream her mother had: to become a movie actress. She leaves behind a childhood spent in hiding during years of military dictatorship. She also leaves behind Petra, her seven-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra follows in Elena’s footsteps — she also becomes an actress and heads for New York in search of her sister.

She has a few clues about Elena’s whereabouts: home movies, newspaper clippings, a diary and some letters. At any moment, Petra expects to find Elena strolling through the streets in a silk blouse. Gradually, the features of the sisters are confused; we can no longer tell one from the other. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she must learn to let her go.

The monthly programme of Brazilian films is presented in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority to celebrate the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture.

Tickets are avaialable at www.dohafilminstitute.com and at the MIA DFI Ticket Outlet.

Tickets are priced at QR35, and at QR25 for students.

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