Winner of a Silver Lion for best director at 2016’s Venice Film Festival, Paradise explores the relationship between an aristocratic concentration camp inmate and an SS officer.
Built around the intertwining destinies of three main characters during the Second World War, Paradise was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. When aristocratic immigrant Olga is imprisoned for hiding Jewish children in her apartment in Paris she meets Helmut again, a high ranking officer who was once in love with her. Life before and during the war are juxtaposed, and a painful and nuanced relationship emerges between the two. It is an aesthetically stunning, and perspective-rotating commentary on the far ranging effects of war, as three markedly different wartime positions are explored.
Screening possible with thanks to Andrei Konchalovsky. English subtitles are embedded in the video. Screened from 30.05 to 06.06.