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Paradise

  • Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Russia/Germany, 2016, 131 mins., Russian/German/French/Yiddish

In 1942, while working as a fashion editor for Paris Vogue, Russian émigré Olga becomes involved with the French Resistance and agrees to harbor two Jewish children in her flat. She is apprehended by French Nazi collaborator Jules, who agrees to stall her punishment, but soon Olga is placed in the same concentration camp as the children she tried to rescue. In a twist of fate, she comes face to face with an ex-lover, a man who is now an SS guard and therefore her captor. This year’s Russian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In French, German, and Russian with English subtitles.

Reviews: Variety, Cineuropa

Interviews: Interview with Andrei Konchalovsky at The Huffington Post

Filmography: House of Fools (2002), Tango & Cash (1989), Duet for One (1986), Runaway Train (1985)