Saturday, December 3, 2011

42nd IFFI 2011 –Peacock Awards declared. Nadezhda Markina won Best Actor Award (Female) for her role in “Elena”

Nadezhda Markina won Best Actor Award (Female) with a Silver Peacock and cash prize of 22,000 USD for her performance in the Russian film “Elena” directed by Andrei Zvyagintsevin . Also awarded the Jury’s Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Elena” is a powerful cinematic experience , as distinct and subtle as his 2003 prize-winning “The Return,”. Elena shares a spaciously luxurious city-center apartment - but not a bed - with her older husband, Vladmir (Andrei Smirnov). The pair met a decade before when Elena was a nurse and wealthy Vladimir her patient. Both have children from their previous lives. Now Elena is clearly as much caretaker as spouse, the daily grind visible on her wrinkled face and shoulder-slumped frame. Elena only comes alive when she visits her son Sergei (Alexey Rozin) and his family in their overcrowded, crumbling quarters. Unemployed, Sergei depends Elena for money, which Vladimir grudgingly tolerates as he provides similar assistance to his wild-child daughter Katya (Elena Lyadova). But when extra money is needed Vladimir refuses, compelling Elena towards drastic action.


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