Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York 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. 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.
Director: Petra Costa
Executive Producer: Julia Bock, Daniela Santos
Producer: Petra Costa, Caroline Onikute
Screenwriter: Petra Costa, Carolina Zizkind
Cinematographer: Janice d’Avila, Miguel Vassy and Will Etchebehere
Editor: Marilia Moraes and Tina Baz
Production Designer: Martha Kiss Perrone, Alonso Pafyese e Lorena Ortiz
Sound Designer: Olivier Goinard and Guile Martins
Music: Fil Pinheiro
Additional Credits: Co-producer: Sara Dosa
Principal Cast: Elena Andrade, Li An, Petra Costa
Petra Costa is a film director and actress. In directing "Elena", Petra’s intent is to use intimate personal experiences as her raw material and project their poetry on the screen. Petra’s cinematic interests are an extension of her education and artistic training.
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