A naked young woman stands in front of a running washing machine. Flashback. 22-year-old Elaha is trying by all means to regain her supposed "innocence", which she lost through sex. A plastic surgeon is supposed to help her. But she cannot afford the money for the costly surgical procedure. In her efforts to find an alternative, she comes across a special product. But this supposed solution forces her into self-exploitation.
ELAHA is Milena Aboyan's graduation film at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. The film is jointly realised by Kinescope Film, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Essence Film, SWR and arte.
2019: Caligari Award/Petra Mosselman Memorial Award of UFA Fiction
2020: Thomas Strittmatter Award (Nomination)
2022: Kaiju Cinema Diffusion Prize, Locarno Film Festival
75th Locarno Film Festival 2022, First Look
73. Berlinale Film Festival, Perspektive Deutsches Kino
Elias Ben Engelhardt
Director of Photography
Janina Sara Hennemann
Stefanie Groß, SWR
Eva-Maria von Geldern, arte
MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg
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