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Luben and Elena

2019 1 h 15 min
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Luben and Elena is a visually stunning portrait of immigrants and renowned artists Luben Boykov and Elena Popova, who fearlessly embrace the unknown in their lives and their work, opening up a space to dream and transform.

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Luben and Elena


Luben & Elena is a modern day love story that travels across continents and cultures in pursuit of what makes a place a home. Renowned artists, Luben Boykov and Elena Popova, whose formative years were in the midst of intellectual communist Bulgaria, entered adulthood in the “new world” of Newfoundland. Their work came to intimately define the culture and landscape of the province, underscoring in a very real and visual way how the immigrant experience shapes and defines place. Twenty five years later, they embrace transformation in Sicily.  A timely immigration story, Luben & Elena is an expression of the imperative of inclusion and a poignant reminder of the impermanence of everything.
  • featuring
    Luben Boykov
    Elena Popova
  • writer
    Ellie Yonova
  • director
    Ellie Yonova
  • director of photography
    Svetoslav Mihaylov
  • editor
    Hannele Halm
  • original music
    Jeff Johnston
  • sound design
    Mélanie Gauthier
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • story consultant
    Wanda Nolan
  • additional cinematography
    Ellie Yonova
  • sound recording
    Mike Filippov
    Mélanie Gauthier
    Kyle Stanfield
    Petar Kralev
  • 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 recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • music production
    Jeff Johnston
  • musician
    Jeff Johnston
    François Landry
    Olga Ranzenhofer
    Ali Omar El-Farouk
    Antoine Bareil
    Valérie Belzile
    Frédéric Lambert
    Pierre-Alain Bouvrette
  • music production assistant
    Erica Wong Ping Lun
  • production supervisor
    Roz Power
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
    Christopher MacIntosh
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • sound technician
    Bernard Belley
  • production coordinator
    Cheryl Murgatroyd
  • senior production coordinator
    Kelly Davis
  • studio administrator
    Camila Blos
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • marketing manager
    Johanna Lessard
  • publicist
    Patricia Dillon-Moore
  • legal counsel
    Dominique Aubry
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
  • executive director
    Michelle van Beusekom

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