Andrey KONCHALOVSKY
Андрей КОНЧАЛОВСКИЙ
Andreï KONTCHALOVSKI
Russia / Germany, 2016, 131mn 
fiction
Paradise
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Directed by : Andrey KONCHALOVSKY (Андрей КОНЧАЛОВСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Yelena KISELIOVA (Елена КИСЕЛЁВА), Andrey KONCHALOVSKY (Андрей КОНЧАЛОВСКИЙ)
 
Cast
Yulia VYSOTSKAIA (Юлия ВЫСОЦКАЯ) ...Olga
Christian CLAUSS (Кристиан КЛАУС) ...Helmut
Viktor SUKHORUKOV (Виктор СУХОРУКОВ)
Philip DUQUESNE (Филипп ДЮКЕН) ...Jules
Vera VORONKOVA (Вера ВОРОНКОВА)
 
Cinematography : Aleksandr SIMONOV (Александр СИМОНОВ)
Production design : Irina OCHINA (Ирина ОЧИНА)
Music : Sergey SHUSTITSKIY (Сергей ШУСТИЦКИЙ)
Sound : Maksim BELOVOLOV (Максим БЕЛОВОЛОВ)
Editing : Yekaterina VESHEVA (Екатерина ВЕШЕВА)
Produced by : Andrey KONCHALOVSKY (Андрей КОНЧАЛОВСКИЙ)
Other persons :
Acteurs : Петер Курт / Peter Kurth, Якоб Диль / Jakob Diehl
Producer: Флориан Дайле / Florian Deyle
Production : DRIFE Productions, Production Center of Andrei Konchalovsky / "Кинокомпания Андрея Кончаловского"
Film revenue in Russia : 0.871 million dollars
Spectators : 179 889
Release date in Russia : 29/01/2017
 
Sites : Page sur Allociné, page sur IMDb
Release date in France : 2017-11-15, Site

Awards :
Best feature film Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2017
Best directing Andrey KONCHALOVSKY , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2017
Best actress Yulia VYSOTSKAIA , Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2017
Best film Award "White Elephant", Moscow (Russia), 2017
Best Cinematography Aleksandr SIMONOV , Award "White Elephant", Moscow (Russia), 2017
Best directing Andrey KONCHALOVSKY , Award "White Elephant", Moscow (Russia), 2017
Best feature film "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2017
Best Directing "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2017
Best actress Yulia VYSOTSKAIA , "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2017
Silver Lion for Best Director Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 2016

Plot synopsis
This Russian-German film describes the story of three people, whose destinies intersected during the Second World War. He is an emigrant Russian aristocrat and member of the French Resistance, Olga, the French collaborator Jules and the SS officer Helmut.
Olga is arrested for hiding Jewish children during the fascist roundup. Jules takes care of his file. He likes Olga and he seems ready to soften his prison situation in exchange for intimate relationships, but that cannot be done. The hope of being freed runs up against the cruel reality: Olga is sent to a concentration camp. There she meets Helmut who in the past has been in love with her. Between them are formed strange and morbid relationships. The Nazis are on the verge of defeat and Helmut decides to save Olga and to flee with her to South America. Olga, who has lost all hope of freedom, accepts but at the last moment realizes that her vision of paradise has changed.
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Монстр. видения: о чем снимает поздний Андрей Кончаловский [Monstre. visions : de quoi parle le récent Andrei Konchalovski], Виктор ФИЛИМОНОВ, kinoart.ru, 2023
Дорогу к раю покажете? [Le Paradis, Andreï KONTCHALOVSKI, 2016], Денис КАТАЕВ, kinoart.ru, 2022
Разбираем 12 фильмов о войне, снятых в РФ и Украине после 2014 года [Films tournés en Russie et Ukraine après 2014], Anton DOLIN, Radio Dolin, 2022
RUSSIA BEYOND : Top 5 des meilleurs films du réalisateur russe Andreï Kontchalovski, Ekaterina SINELCHTCHIKOVA, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2020
The Most Significant Russian Films of the Last Decade [2005-2016], Academic Studies Press, 2019
Andreï Kontchalovski: «Aucune envie de retourner à Hollywood», Alexandre NETCHAÏEV, Ekaterina TCHESNOKOVA, Interview, RUSSIA BEYOND / RIA Novosti, 2017
Andrei Konchalovskii. Paradise (Rai, 2016), Birgit BEUMERS, Kinokultura, 2017
« Paradis » : les crimes nazis sans les victimes, Thomas SOTINEL, Le Monde, 2017
Рай Кончаловского: философия и будуар за колючей проволокой, Лев РЫЖКОВ, Sputnik, 2016
 

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Russian or Soviet films awarded at Berlin, Cannes or Venice, kinoglaz.fr (France), 2023
- War in contemporary Russian cinema, kinoglaz.fr (France), 2023
- International Film Festival of India : IFFI, Goa (India), 2021
- Rétrospective Andreï Kontchalovski à la Cinémathèque de Toulouse, Toulouse (France), 2020
- Andrey Konchalovsky retrospective at the Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2020
- Russian film festival in Ajaccio, Ajaccio (France), 2019
- Semaine russe au Ciné-Parvis Le Méridien de Tarbes, Tarbes (France), 2018
- Marseille Russian Film Festival in Toursky, Marseille (France), 2018
- Days of Russian cinema, Aix les Bains (France), 2018
- Russian Film Festival in Niort, Niort (France), 2018
- Russian Resurrection Film Festival, Different cities (Australia), 2017
- New Cinema Festival, Montreal (Canada), 2017
- Russian Film Festival For Another Russia, Paris (France), 2017
- Release in France of the film, Different cities (France), 2017-11-15
- Russian Film Week in Paris : Regards de Russie, Paris (France), 2017
- Festival international du film de La Roche sur Yon, La Roche sur Yon (France), 2017
- Festival of Russian cinema in Nice, Nice (France), 2017
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2017
- Tromso International Film Festival : TIFF, Tromso (Norway), 2017
- Sputnik nad Polska, Warsaw (Poland), 2017
- Award "White Elephant", Moscow (Russia), 2017
- Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2017
- International Human Rights Film Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2017
- "NIKA" Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2017
- Belgrade International Film Festival, Belgrade (Serbia), 2017
- Istanbul International Film Festival, Istanbul (Turkey), 2017
- Seattle International Film Festival : SIFF, Seattle (USA), 2017
- Russische Filmwoche in Berlin, Berlin (Germany), 2016
- Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 2016

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