Cannes. May 11, 2011. Faust by Alexander Sokurov has not been allegedly completed in time to lose the chance to be listed in The Selection Official, The Main Competition Program of the 64th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22). However, two Russian titles were among the films in the line-up competing for Certain Regard awards.
Elena is a psychological drama by Andrei Zvyagintsev about a middle-aged woman named Elena who tries to keep from problems the family of her hard-drinking son.
Starring Nadezhda Markina, Andrei Smirnov, Elena Liadov, Alex Rosin.
D.O.P. Michael Krichman.
Producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergei Melkumov.
Elena won Sundance / NHK International Filmmakers Awards in pre-production for the development of the script and the director’s concept.
This is the 3rd film by Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russian major success-story film-maker: two of his previous films were winners of major world film festivals. He won two Golden Lions of Venice Film Festival for his debut The Return and Konstantin Lavronenko in his next movie The Banishment snatched The Best Actor at 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Hunter by Bakur Bakuradze is another Russian competitor in Certain Regard. It features a man (starring Michael Barskovich) who lives mainly to work, which is a sacrifice, because his daily job is an endless and monotonous life-consuming process. The only sun-shine episodes are his love for his children and his woman.