2018 Jewish Film Festival: Paradise
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
130 min. | Russian Federation | 2016 | Russian, German, French w/English Subtitles | Drama
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 | 7:30pm | Santikos Palladium IMAX
Tickets: $10 each
About the Film
Russia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Paradise is a visually stunning and highly absorbing chamber drama recalling the shattered dreams of both Holocaust victims and perpetrators.
Told in flashback through docu-style confessionals, three central characters recount their fateful intersection, offering extraordinary introspection. Olga (Julia Vysotskaya) is a Russian aristocrat arrested for sheltering Jewish children. Her case is assigned to French-Nazi collaborating officer Jules (Philippe Duquesne), a bourgeois family man willing to ease her punishment in exchange for sexual favors. Olga eventually ends up in a concentration camp where she rekindles a romance with an old flame, the well-educated Helmut (Christian Clauss), now a high-ranking German SS officer. Complications ensue when the pair plot their escape, as the tide of war quickly begins to turn against the Nazis.
Celebrated Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky won Best Director honors at the Venice Film Festival for his stark black-and-white depiction of a hell on earth, created by those who dreamed of a paradise.