The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Luben and Elena

Canada | 2019 | 75 min
English | Subtitles in French
Cinematography: Svetoslav Mihaylov
Editing: Hannele Halm
Music: Jeff Johnston
Sound: Mélanie Gauthier
Director: Ellie Yonova


Presented in Quebec city at the MNBAQ

This documentary tells Luben Boykov and Elena Popova’s story of love and creation. The artist couple fled repression in Communist Bulgaria in the early 1990s, finding refuge in Newfoundland. Their exile will have a lifelong impact on their work. Featuring the personal accounts of the couple and their daughter, this intimate documentary by Ellie Yonova celebrates the love of art and the relationship of these two socially conscious artists. An inspiring modern love story.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Canada (2019)
St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Canada (2019)

This film will also be presented in Montreal on March 22nd.


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.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.

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