Paradise

by A. Konchalovsky

Saturday, December 09, 2017 - Sunday, December 10, 2017

Paradise

Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Plaza Theatre
- 1133 Kensington Road NW, Calgary, AB
$TBD

"PARADISE" by Andrei Konchalovsky in Plaza Theatre
Russia-Germany, 2017, 130 min.,
Original version French-German-Russian with English subtitles.

SILVER LION Venice Film Festival 2016 & Nine Film Shortlist «Best Foreign-language film» OSCAR 2017

Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
Screenplay : Andrei Konchalovsky, Elena Kiseleva
Cinematographer : Alexander Simonov
Producers : Andrei Konchalovsky, Florian Deyle

CAST
Julia Vysotskaya (The Lion in Winter, House of Fools, Gloss), Christian Clauss (Reckless), Philippe Duquesne (Babysitting), Jakob Diehl (My Good Hans), Peter Kurth, Victor Sukhorukov (Expiation, Silent Souls, The Island), Isabelle Habiague, Pyotr Mikhalkov, Valérie Zaccomer, Pierre Nisse, Natalya Kurdyubova, Larisa Kuznetsova.

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 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 favours. 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 harbours 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.Using the power of confessional monologues and excerpts of “found footage”, the film’s theme can be summarized using the famous words of German philosopher Karl Jaspers: “That which has happened is a warning. It must be continually remembered. It was possible for this to happen, and it remains possible for it to happen again at any minute. Only in knowledge can it be prevented.”

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

73rd Venice International Film Festival, Silver Lion award for Best Director, ITALY, 2016
73rd Venice International Film Festival, Premio Padre Nazareno Taddei SJ, ITALY, 2016
73rd Venice International Film Festival, Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award, ITALY, 2016
73rd Venice International Film Festival, Soundtrack Stars Award, ITALY, 2016
73rd Venice International Film Festival, Award Bisato d'Oro to the actress Julia Vysotskaya, ITALY, 2016
Vatican, The Robert Bresson Prize to the Director Andrey Konchalovsky, ITALY, 2016
Vatican, Rivista del Cinematografo Award to Andrei Konchalovsky, ITALY, 2016
52nd Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), Founder's Award, USA, 2016
32nd Haifa International Film Festival (HIFF), Cinematic Excellence Award, Israel, 2016
50th Hof International Film Festival, Award for Best Costume Design, GERMANY, 2016
50th Hof International Film Festival, Award for Best Setting, GERMANY, 2016
54th Gijon International Film Festival, Award for Best Actress (Julia Vysotskaya), SPAIN, 2016
54th Gijon International Film Festival, Award for Best Cinematography, SPAIN, 2016
54th Gijon International Film Festival, Yoth Jury Award for Best Feature Film, SPAIN, 2016
"Golden Eagle" Award of National Academy of picture arts and science for Best Film, Russia, 2016
Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Silver Astor Award for Best Screenplay, AEGENTINA, 2016
"Golden Eagle" Award of National Academy of picture arts and science for Best Director, Russia, 2016
"Golden Eagle" Award of National Academy of picture arts and science for Best Actress (Julia Vysotskaya), Russia, 2016
"White Elephant" national award of film critics and cinematographic press for Best Film, Russia, 2016
"White Elephant" national award of film critics and cinematographic press for Best Director, Russia, 2016
"White Elephant" national award of film critics and cinematographic press for Best Cinematography, Russia, 2016
18th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, The Schoumann Award for Jewish Cinema
30th NIKA Award (Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science) for Best Film, Russia, 2016
30th NIKA Award (Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science) for Best Director, Russia, 2016
30th NIKA Award (Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science) for Best Actress (Julia Vysotskaya), Russia, 2016

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