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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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