Latin American Institute Film Screenings

Elena Film Screening

Elena Film Screening

By Brazilian director Petra Costa

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Melnitz Hall 1409
UCLA James Bridges Theater

Elena moves to New York with the same dream her mother had: to become a movie actress. She leaves behind a childhood spent in hiding during Brazil’s military dictatorship and her teenage years amid theater plays and homemade videos. She also leaves behind Petra, her 7-year-old sister.

Two decades later, Petra who is now an actress goes to New York in search of Elena. All she has are a few clues about her: home movies, newspaper clippings, diaries and letters. At any moment, Petra expects to find Elena walking in the streets. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused; we don’t know one from the other.

Q&A with Director Petra Costa following the film screening

82 minutes | In Portuguese with English subtitles


Cost: Free and open to the public

Special Instructions

Parking Information: The closest parking lot is Structure #3. Visitors may purchase daily parking permits (Currently $12) by stopping at the Information & Parking kiosks (cash only) or by using a "Pay by Space" pay station. The closest information booth to Structure #3 is located on Hilgard and Charles E Young Drive N. To use a Parking Pay Station: Simply drive to a self-service Pay Station location (there is one located in Structure #3). Please read the posted signs and screen prompts for Pay by Space. Pay Stations allow you to select the time you need to spend on campus and pay accordingly (all-day passes can also be purchased). UCLA maps and driving directions

For more information please contact

Nancy Gomez Tel: 310-825-4571

Download File: 03-05-14-Elena-s2-1aj.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Brazilian Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Consulate General of Brazil- Los Angeles and Department of Spanish and Portuguese