Scene from the film Elena
Scene from the film Elena
Scene from the film Elena
Scene from the film Elena


  • Brazil
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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.

Elena viaja para Nova York com o mesmo sonho da mãe: ser atriz de cinema. Deixa para trás uma infância passada na clandestinidade dos anos de ditadura militar e Petra, a irmã de 7 anos.

Duas décadas mais tarde, Petra também se torna atriz e embarca para Nova York em busca de Elena. Tem apenas pistas: filmes caseiros, recortes de jornal, diários e cartas. A todo momento Petra espera encontrar Elena caminhando pelas ruas com uma blusa de seda.

Aos poucos, os traços das duas irmãs se confundem, já não se sabe quem é uma, quem é a outra. Agora que finalmente encontrou Elena, Petra precisa deixá-la partir.

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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Petra Costa, Carolina Ziskind
  • DOP
    Janice D’avila, Will Etchebehere, Miguel Vassy
  • Editing
    Marilia Moraes, Tina Baz, Idê Lacreta, Virginia Primo
  • Sound
    Olivier Goinard, Guile Martins, Edson Secco
  • Duration
    82 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Brazil
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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