Elaha

Director Milena Aboyan describes a young woman being torn between sexual self-determination and the norms of her community.

A naked young woman is standing in front of a running washing machine. Flashback. The 22-year-old Elaha obsessively tries to recover a supposed innocence that she has lost through sex. A plastic surgeon is going to restore her so-called virginity. But she cannot come up with the money for the costly procedure. While looking for an alternative, she comes across a special product – a capsule of artificial blood. But this supposed solution forces her into self-exploitation. After some heavy setbacks, Elaha chooses her self-determined sexuality as a woman.

ELAHA is Milena Aboyan's graduation film at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. The film is jointly realised by Essence Film, SWR and Arte.


 

Awards
2019: Caligari Award/Petra Mosselman Memorial Award of UFA Fiction
2020: Thomas Strittmatter Award (Nomination)
2022: Kaiju Cinema Diffusion Prize, Locarno Film Festival
Festivals
75th Locarno Film Festival 2022, First Look
Feature Film
In postproduction
110 minutes
Script
Milena Aboyan
Constantin Hatz
Director
Milena Aboyan
Editing
Elias Ben Engelhardt
Actors
BAYAN LEYLA
DERYA DURMAZ
KIRIK DERYA
HADNET TESFAI
NAZMI KIRIK
HOMA FAGHIRI
CANSU LEYAN
ARMIN WAHED
SLAVKO POPADIĆ
BERITAN BALCI
Camera
Christopher Behrmann
Production
Kinescope Film
Co-Production
Essence Film
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
SWR
ARTE
Broadcaster
SWR
ARTE
Producer
Matthias Greving
Co-Producer
Igor Dovagal
Executive Producer
Kirsten Lukaczik
Production Manager
Florian-Malte Fimpel
Music
Kilian Oser
Editorial Staff
Stefanie Groß, SWR
Eva-Maria von Geldern, Arte
Associate Producer
Emina Smajić
Janina Sara Hennemann
Sound Design
PERSCHYA CHEHRAZI
Funding
MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg
nordmedia - Film- und Mediengesellschaft mbH