Local Festivals Roll With International Flavors
By Steve Dollar – The Wall Street Journal – 5/28/2014
The Brooklyn Film Festival, ‘Elena’ and More in This Week’s Repertory Film
323 Sixth Ave.
Mysterious and hermetic, this memoir is a collage of home movies, photographs, audio recordings and lyrical narration that reframes a troubled family history through a heartbroken lens. Filmmaker Petra Costa embraces the artifacts of her sister Elena’s life as a way to make sense of her own—and the madness that claimed her older sibling, a Brazilian actress who chased her dreams to New York. Ms. Costa retraces those footsteps, in her own life and on film, suffusing loss and darkness with feminine grace and transformative will.