Paradise | Denver Film Society | Andrey Konchalovskiy | Russia

Paradise

Andrey Konchalovskiy

Russian, German, French, YiddishEnglish SubtitlesRussia2016130 min

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Overview

Russian émigre Olga, a member of the French Resistance, is arrested by Nazi police for hiding Jewish children during a surprise raid. After a stint in prison in the hands of the Nazi collaborator assigned to her case, Jules—who offers to go light on her punishment in exchange for sexual favors, with predictable results—she's shipped to a hellish existence in a concentration camp.

Enter a figure from her past: high-ranking SS officer Helmut, with whom Olga once had a passionate affair. Still harboring feelings for her, Helmut resolves to rescue her, and a romance is rekindled. Yet as time passes and the fate of Nazi defeat looms, the fate of her paradise found hangs in the balance.

Shooting this stunning period drama in black-and-white, renowned Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky won a Silver Lion for Best Director at last year's Venice Film Festival for capturing the horrors of World War II from the tragically flawed perspective of his three main characters.

Producer: Florian Deyle, Andrey Konchalovskiy | Editor: Sergey Taraskin, Ekaterina Vesheva | Cinematographer: Aleksandr Simonov | Screenwriter: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Elena Kiseleva
Cast: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Viktor Sukhorukov, Peter Kurth, Philippe Duquesne, Jean Denis Römer
Additional Countries: Germany

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