PARADISE

  • Russian Federation / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Russian, German & French with English subtitles / 
  • 130 min
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Screenings

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Venue City State Begins
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival San Francisco California July 29, 2017
4-Star San Francisco California October 20, 2017
Boulder Jewish Film Festival Boulder Colorado March 8, 2018
Starz Denver Film Festival Denver Colorado November 1, 2017
Washington Jewish Film Festival Washington District of Columbia May 17, 2017
Living Room Theaters Boca Raton Florida October 20, 2017
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival Boynton Beach Florida January 18, 2018
Tower Theater Miami Florida November 10, 2017
Miami Jewish Film Festival Miami Florida January 12, 2017
Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Florida March 31, 2017
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Atlanta Georgia January 25, 2017
Maine International Film festival Waterville Maine July 14, 2017
Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival Minneapolis Minnesota April 13, 2017
The Montclair Film Festival Montclair New Jersey April 28, 2017
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival West Orange New Jersey March 19, 2017
The Screen Santa Fe New Mexico October 27, 2017
Cinema Arts Centre Huntington New York October 13, 2017
Lincoln Plaza Cinemas New York New York October 6, 2017
Cleveland Int'l Film Festival Cleveland Ohio March 29, 2017
Portland International Film Festival Portland Oregon February 9, 2017
Living Room Theaters Portland Oregon October 20, 2017
Seattle International Film Festival Seattle Washington May 18, 2017
"Russian veteran Andrei Konchalovsky is on robust form in this richly monochrome, perspective-rotating Holocaust drama."
– Guy Lodge, Variety
"... persuasively acted, elegantly shot in black and white and altogether a handsome prestige period production..."
– Jonathan Romney, Screen International
"...the great Russian DoP Alexander Simonov...works chiaroscuro wonders with what the end credits identify as a combination of 35mm and 16mm stock, his 4:3 black-and-white images and complex lighting set-ups often harking back to golden-age monochrome cinematography."
– Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Synopsis

PARADISE tells the compelling story of three individuals, Olga, Jules and Helmut, whose paths cross amidst the devastation of war.Olga, a Russian aristocratic immigrant and member of the French Resistance, is arrested by Nazi police for hiding Jewish children during a surprise raid. As her punishment, she is sent to jail where she meets Jules, a French-Nazi collaborator who is assigned to investigate her case. Jules grows fond of Olga and offers to go light on her punishment in exchange for sexual favors. Although Olga agrees, and will do whatever it takes to avoid harsh persecution, her hope for freedom quickly fades when events take an unexpected turn.Shipped to a concentration camp, Olga is forced into a life of hell. To her surprise, she crosses paths with high-ranking German SS officer Helmut, who once fell madly in love with her and still harbors feelings. They re-kindle their old flame and embark on a twisted and destructive relationship. Helmut resolves to rescue Olga and offers her an escape that she no longer thought possible. Yet as time passes, and the fate of Nazi defeat looms, Olga's notion of paradise is irrevocably changed.

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Director Andrei Konchalovsky