Elena is a 2011 Russian crime drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize.
The film depicts the social and cultural distance between the inhabitants of an exclusive apartment in downtown Moscow and a crumbling khrushchevka in Moscow's industrial suburb. Elena is a woman with a proletarian background who meets Vladimir, an elderly business tycoon, in a hospital when she is his nurse. This meeting eventually results in their marriage. Her social position and social rank are substantially increased by the marriage to such a wealthy man.
|Andrey Zvyagintsev Oleg Negin
|crime drama thriller
|business tycoon claim expect heart attack industrial suburb khrushchevka medical examination meet military service moscow new life wealthy man
|European Film Award for Best Actress
|Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov