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LUBEN AND ELENA

Ellie Yonova
2019 | 75 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionFIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2019)

  • Official SelectionSt. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador (2019)


Synopses


About the film


Director's Statement

Trailer - 90 seconds

Trailer - 30 seconds

Team


Ellie Yonova
Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Ellie Yonova

Ellie Yonova is a Canadian director and cinematographer. She was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and relocated to Canada in 1999. Her 35-year-long career has taken her across four continents to work on features, TV series, documentaries and low-budget independent films.

Ellie is also an avid photographer whose abstract experiments have yielded a unique style that plays with light, glass and water. Her works have received several awards and are held in private, corporate and public collections in Canada, the US and Europe.

Luben and Elena, her first feature-length documentary with the National Film Board of Canada, is set to be released in 2019.


Annette Clarke
Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Annette Clarke

An accomplished producer committed to collaborating with artists to craft transformative stories,  Annette’s select producer credits include The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light (2012, FIFA Jury Award), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award), Gun Runners (2015, Hot Docs), Theater of Life (2016, Berlin), Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF), Love, Scott (2018, Hot Docs, BFI Flare, Inside Out, One World) and Assholes, a theory (CPHDOX). In addition to Conviction, her current productions reflect on the human condition through the eyes of a twelve year old Yazidi boy arriving in Canada, and inside the lives of resilient women along the Brazilian Amazon. As executive producer for NFB’s Quebec Atlantic studio, Annette envisions a potent and ambitious slate of short form and feature documentaries, animation, and interactive story telling across a rich and large territory.

Poster

Images

Credits

WITH
Luben Boykov
Elena Popova

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Ellie Yonova

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Svetoslav Mihaylov

EDITOR
Hannele Halm

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Jeff Johnston

SOUND DESIGN
Mélanie Gauthier

PRODUCED BY
Annette Clarke

STORY CONSULTANT
Wanda Nolan

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ellie Yonova

SOUND RECORDING
Mike Filippov
Mélanie Gauthier
Petar Kralev
Kyle Stanfield

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY
Dimitar Katsarov

RESEARCHER
Milena Mihaylova

TRANSLATION
Luben Boykov
Ellie Yonova

TRANSCRIPTION
Lori Heath
Willow Kean

ONLINE EDITOR
Serge Verreault

TITLE DESIGN
Cynthia Ouellet

MOTION EFFECTS
Aaron Elliott

SOUND EDITOR
Marie-Claude Gagné

RE-RECORDING
Jean Paul Vialard

FOLEY & MUSIC RECORDING
Geoffrey Mitchell

FOLEY
Karla Baumgardner

MUSIC PRODUCED BY
Jeff Johnston

PERFORMED BY
Jeff Johnston – piano/keyboards
François Landry – kaval
Ali Omar El-Farouk – oud

With Quatuor Molinari:
Olga Ranzenhofer – first violin
Antoine Bareil (replaced by Valérie Belzile) – second violin
Frédéric Lambert – viola
Pierre-Alain Bouvrette – cello

MUSIC PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Erica Wong Ping Lun
KALIMANKOU DENKOU
By Krassimir Kurktchiyski
© Éditions Cellier
Courtesy of Productions Cellier
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VISUAL ARCHIVES

Luben Boykov
Annette Clarke
Richard Edwards
Elena Popova
Glen Tilley

Evgeny Mihaylov Archives
NFB Archives
CBC Archives

Ellie Yonova
(excerpts from the documentary
Beyond Ursa Major, 2003)

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Roz Power

TECHNICAL COORDINATORS
Daniel Lord
Christopher MacIntosh

DIGITAL EDITING TECHNICIANS
Isabelle Painchaud
Pierre Dupont
Patrick Trahan

SOUND TECHNICIAN
Bernard Belley

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Cheryl Murgatroyd

SENIOR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Kelly Davis

STUDIO ADMINISTRATORS
Camila Blos
Leslie Anne Poyntz

MARKETING MANAGER
Johanna Lessard

PUBLICIST
Patricia Dillon-Moore

LEGAL COUNSEL
Dominique Aubry

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, QUEBEC ATLANTIC STUDIO
Annette Clarke

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ENGLISH PROGRAM
Michelle van Beusekom



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