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Russia | 2016 | 132 minutes | Andrei Konchalovsky

Andrei Konchalovsky (Runaway Train) won Best Director at the Venice Film Festival for this stunning monochrome wartime character drama that alternates between the accounts of a resistance fighter and her Nazi oppressors.

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Written, directed, and produced by esteemed Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky (Runaway Train, Shy People), Paradise tells the compelling story of three individuals whose paths cross in 1942 amid the devastation of war. Olga, a Russian aristocratic immigrant, an employee of Vogue, and a member of the French Resistance, is arrested by Nazi police for hiding Jewish children. They send her to jail, where she meets Jules, a French-Nazi collaborator assigned to investigate her. Jules offers to go light on Olga's punishment in exchange for sexual favors. Although Olga agrees, willing to do whatever it takes to avoid harsh persecution, her hope for freedom quickly fades when she is shipped to a concentration camp. To her surprise, she crosses paths with a high-ranking German SS officer, Helmut, who falls madly in love with her, and they embark on a twisted and destructive relationship. The title refers to the Aryan idyll that the Nazis attempted to create; yet Konchalovsky wants us to like these characters, insinuating that evil is a much more sophisticated concept than it seems. Stunningly shot in monochrome by cinematographer Alexander Simonov, this is an emotionally rich film that created waves and a fair share of controversy at its Venice Film Festival world premiere, where it won the prize for Best Director.

Director Biography

Andrei Konchalovsky has enjoyed equally distinguished directing careers for both the stage and screen. His best-known film credits range from international pictures such as Uncle Vanya, based on the Chekhov play of the same name and regarded as one of the best Russian films ever made, and House of Fools, a Russian-French co-production about an asylum along the Russian-Chechnya border, to such popular English-language fare as Maria's Lovers, Duet for One, Shy People and Runaway Train, which received three Academy Award nominations. He has earned acclaim for such landmark television epics as "The Odyssey," for which he won an Emmy Award for best director, and "Lion in Winter," which received a Golden Globe Award for Costume, as well as multiple Emmy Awards and nominations.

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  • Original Language Title: Ray
  • Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Principal Cast: Julia Vysotskaya, Christian Clauss, Philippe Duquesne, Victor Sukhorukov, Peter Kurth
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 132 minutes
  • Producer: Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Screenplay: Andrei Konchalovsky, Elena Kiseleva
  • Cinematographers: Aleksandr Simonov
  • Editors: Ekaterina Vesheva, Sergei Shustitsky
  • Music: Sergei Shustitsky
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Venice Film Festival 2016 (Best Director), Official Oscar Submission 2017 (Foreign Language Film)
  • Filmography: The Postman’s White Nights (2014); House of Fools (2002); Tango & Cash (1989); Shy People (1987); Runaway Train (1985); Andrei Rublev (1966)
  • Language: Russian, German, French, Yiddish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Movement