Andrei Kontxalovski

Russia, Germany 135 min min Fiction


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. In jail she 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, 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. Yet as time passes, and the fate of Nazi defeat looms, Olga’s notion of Paradise is irrevocably changed. *Catalan première

Festivals and awards
Silver Lion for Best Director in Venice | Young Jury Award, Best Cinematography and Best Actress in Gijón


Andrei Kontxalovski

Andrei Sergeyevich Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky born in 1937 is a Russian film director, film producer and screenwriter. He was a frequent collaborator of Andrei Tarkovsky earlier in his career. He is the son of Natalia Konchalovskaya and Sergey Mikhalkov, and brother to Nikita Mikhalkov who is also a well known Russian film director.

Filmography: Paraíso (2016), El cartero de las noches blancas (2014), The Nutcracker in 3D (2010), Glyanets (2007), Dom durakov (2002), La Odisea (1997), Lumière y compañía (1995), Kurochka Ryaba (1994), El Círculo del Poder (1991), Tango y Cash (1989), Homer and Eddie (1989), Vidas distantes (1987), Ansias de Vivir (1986), El Tren del Infierno (1985), Los Amantes de María (1984), Split Cherry Tree (1982), Sibiriada (1979), Romnce de Enamorados (1974), Dyadya Vanya (1970), Dvoryanskoe gnezdo (1969)

Andrei Kontxalovski

Film information

Original Title: Rai
Director: Andrei Kontxalovski
Script: Elena Kiseleva, Andrei Kontxalovski
Contact: Film Buro
With: Peter Kurth, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Viktor Sukhorukov
Country: Russia, Germany
Year: 2016
Format: DCP
Length: 135 min min
Language: Russian, German
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2017