ELENA (82 min)
Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven year old sister.
Two decades later, Petra also becomes an actress and goes to New York in search of Elena. She only has a few clues about her: home movies, newspaper clippings, a diary and letters. At any moment Petra hopes to find Elena walking in the streets in a silk blouse.
Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused; we no longer know one from the other. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go.
• 45th Brasília Festival of Brazilian Cinema: Documentary Category
Best Film Editing
Best Art Direction
Audience Award for Best Film
• Films de Femmes 2013
Best Feature Documentary
• PLANETE+ DOC Film Festival
Canon Cinematography Award: Best Cinematography
• 28th Guadalajara Film Festival
• 9th ZagrebDox Documentary Film Festival
• 7th Cine Música – Conservatória Film Festival
Best Original Score
• 6th Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary
• 35th Havana International Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary
CAST AND CREW
Director – Petra Costa
Screenplay- Petra Costa and Carolina Ziskind
Cast – Elena Andrade, Li An and Petra Costa
Production Company – Busca Vida Films
Executive Producers – Tim Robbins and Fernando Meirelles
Associate Producers – Tiago Pavan, Moara Passoni, Sara Dosa, Stefan Davi
Supervising Producers – Julia Bock and Daniela Santos
Producer in New York – Caroline Onikute
Production Coordinator – Vanessa Elias
Producer (Release) – Bernardo Bath
Executive Production Assistant – Isadora Ferreira
Photography – Janice D’avila, Will Etchebehere and Miguel Vassy
Art Directors – Martha Kiss Perrone, Alonso Pafyese and Lorena Ortiz
Film Editing – Marilia Moraes and Tina Baz
First Editing – Idê Lacreta
Additional Editing and Direction Assistant – Virginia Primo
Sound Designer – Olivier Goinard And Guile Martins
Sound Mixer – Olivier Goinard
Sound Recordist – Edson Secco
Soundtrack Supervision – Fil Pinheiro
Original Soundtrack – Vitor Araújo, Fil Pinheiro, Maggie Hastings Clifford and Gustavo Ruiz
Post-Production Coordinator – Laura Futuro
Post-Production Assistant – Fabio De Borthole
Editing Room Assistant – Andre Gustavo Requião
Screenplay Consultant – Daniela Capelato
Screenplay Doctoring – Aleksei Abib
Acting Coach – Martha Kiss Perrone
Editing Consultant – Xavier Box
Busca Vida Filmes co-produced the short Olhos de Ressaca (Undertow Eyes) and produced the feature ELENA, both by director Petra Costa. It is currently co-producing the documentaries Lira Paulistana and Vanguarda Paulista by Riba de Castro, and Orestes by Rodrigo Siqueira, and the play Rózà by Martha Kiss Perrone and Joana Levi.
With a Master in Film at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, 2006), Daniela Santos has been in films in Rio de Janeiro for the past nine years, developing projects and working production. She produced seven short-films, one medium-length and three film festivals. In 2008, she post-produced DECEMBER, by Selton Mello, and THE DEAD GIRL’S FEAST, by Matheus Nachtergaele, released in Un Certain Regard, in Cannes Festival. In 2009, she line-produced THE JOY, by Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande, also release in Cannes, in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. In 2010, she was associate producer, executive producer and line-producer of CRAFT, by Gustavo Pizzi, released in Rio International Film Festival and winner of the Best Actress Award. Producer selected by the Secretariat of Culture of the State of Rio de Janeiro, to attend the Rotterdam Lab / CineMart, in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011, she is now producing Petra Costa’s first feature film, currently titled ELENA and in post-production phase.
Graduated in Film from the University of São Paulo, where she specialized in screenwriting, and worked in the script department of O2 Filmes. Her first short as writer, Espalhadas pelo Ar, was screened at the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes Film Festival, Biarritiz Film Festival, International Short Film Festival of São Paulo, among others. Author of the plays Dramática and Oceano Mar, staged in São Paulo, the latter adapted from the book by the Italian Alessandro Baricco. Co-writer of the animation series Zica e os Camaleões and of the animation short Por que Heloisa? Author of the romantic comedy Dia dos Namorados, in pre-production. Currently member of the writing team for the series Sítio do Picapau Amarelo, adapted from the work of Monteiro Lobato, a partnership between the production company Mixer and Rede Globo.
Julia Bock worked, with Bianca Villar, on the executive production of the films “O Amor Segundo B. Schianberg”, “Crime Delicado”, “Cão Sem Dono” and “Eu Receberia as Piores Notícias dos Seus Lindos Lábios”, all of them from director Beto Brant, the last two in partnership with Renato Ciasca; “Cabeça a Prêmio” from Marco Ricca; “Natimorto” from Paulo Machline; “Bruna Surfistinha” from Marcus Baldini and the series “FDP”, directed by Caíto Ortiz, Katia Lund, Johnny Araujo and Adriano Civita, to appear on HBO. She is currently producing the documentary movie “Elena”, by Petra Costa.
Vanessa Elias has a degree in Business Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), also a Postgraduate degree in Finances from FIA/USP and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finances) from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). From 2001 to 2010, she worked in several financial institutions, and has lectured at some universities. Meanwhile, in 2005, she produced the short-film “Bala” (“Bullet”), directed by Simone Elias and Daniel Sabino. In 2011, she moved permanently to Executive Production of movies. She is working currently as an executive production assistant on the movie “ELENA”, directed by Petra Costa, produced by Busca Vida Filmes.
After studying Cinema and Advertising at the Pontificia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Marília started her career as trailer editor in 2006 and soon after moved onto cinema editing. Marília has edited short films, video art, internet and TV content, musical DVDs, feature documentaries and fiction films. Her most important works are: Feliz Natal (December) (Best film edition award at the Goiania Festival, 2008), Construção (Construction) by Carolina Sá, A Curva da Cintura (The Hip Curve), directed by Dora Jobim, with Arnaldo Antunes e Toumani Daiabaté, and O Palhaço (The Clown), feature films directed by Selton Mello. The documentary series Vozes do Araguaia (Araguaia Voices), directed by Deby Mendes (indicated for the Digital Emmy Awards in 2011), and also the movies Disparos (Hot Cold Blood) by Juliana Reis, Brennand by Mariana Fortes, currently being finalized.
Graduated in Journalism and Cinema at PUC-Rio. Between 2007 and 2009 worked as video editor for the production company Estação Multimídia, for the projects Memória Globo and Globo Universidade, for Organizações Globo, and for Fetranspor (Federação das Empresas de Transporte de Passageiros do Estado do RJ). Continuity Person and Assistant Cameraman on various short films. Still photographer for commercials, short films and music videos. Directed the making-of of the feature Advogado das Almas (2008), by Thaisa Cerveira and Rafael Salim. Director of Photography and Editor of the short documentary Aqui Jaz (2009), by Laura Liuzzi. In 2010, wrote and directed her first short, Veneno Carmim, now being finalized.