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    Watch: Petra Costa On 'Elena,' Brazilian Documentary Films and More

    "There is a strong history of documentary films, but not inward-looking," said Petra Costa on the nature of Brazilian documentaries.

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    A Sister Constructs a Beautiful and Touching Portrayal of Loss in "Elena'

    “Elena” is a striking blow to heart that shines with fluid poetry. It deviates from the canons of documentary filmmaking to enter a dreamlike state governed by memories and art in its purest, most emotional form.

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    Exclusive Video: Why Tim Robbins and Fernando Meirelles Supported a First Time Filmmaker

    "Elena" executive producers Tim Robbins and Fernando Meirelles explore allusion, emotion and perhaps even a challenge to the way we conceive of cinema.

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    Review: Petra Costa's Stunningly Beautiful, Achingly Emotional Documentary 'Elena'

    How can one describe Petra Costa's film "Elena"? If it's just the facts, one could say that it's a documentary about Costa searching for answers and understanding about her sister Elena, who committed suicide when she was a child. And yes, it is that, but it is also so much more than that. It's a ci...

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    Exclusive: Trailer For Petra Costa's Lyrical Documentary 'Elena'

    What happens when the dreams and aspirations of big city life just vanish into thin air, as if they had never existed? What becomes of that person and those memories and the life that was lived but never fulfilled? Those are the questions at the heart of Petra Costa's documentary "Elena."

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    Rooftop Films Review: Petra Costa's Documentary 'Elena'

    How can one describe Petra Costa's film "Elena"? If it's just the facts, one could say that it's a documentary about Costa searching for answers and understanding about her sister Elena, who committed suicide when she was a child. And yes, it is that, but it is also so much more than that. It's a ci...

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    Christopher Bell's Best Films Of 2012

    Another year, another fifty lists. There were a lot of truly terrific movies to come out in 2012 and it was difficult to sit down and whittle away at a list that contained 30+ films that warranted special acknowledgement. Eventually you have to go with your gut, and I admit that this list may look d...

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    11 Notable Films You May Not Have Seen In 2012

    Every week (bar the very thinnest parts of the calendar), somewhere between seven and twelve movies end up opening in theaters. On some weekends, it's even more -- the first week of December saw eighteen films begin their theatrical runs. As such, it's hard enough for film writers to stay on top of ...

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    Interview: 'Elena' Director Andrei Zvyagintsev Talks Changed Ending, Favorite Filmmakers

    Cinephiles, unite! The name Andrei Zvyagintsev is relatively unknown on these shores, as his remarkable debut "The Return" quietly came and went (though it is now on Netflix Instant -- GO!) and his tremendous sophomore effort "The Banishment" never saw a proper release in th...

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    Andrei Zvyagintsev Talks 'Elena,' His Rebirth and Philip Glass

    Just off of a plane from Russia, Andrei Zvyagintsev seemed nervous about showing his latest work, "Elena" to American audiences. "How did you react to the first seven minutes?" he asked, curiously. "I'm sure Americans are used to something a little more... dynamic."...

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