dir. Andrei Konchalovsky, Russia / Germany 2016, 130’
Shot in black and white by famed cinematographer Alexander Simonov, Paradise tells the compelling story of three individuals whose paths cross amidst the devastation of war. Olga is a beautiful Russian aristocratic émigré and member of the French Resistance; Jules is a French-Nazi collaborator who is assigned to investigate her case; and Helmut is a high-ranking, yet naïve German SS officer who once fell madly in love with Olga and meets her again when she is shipped to a concentration camp. While they recount their stories, the film flashes back to the end of World War II and the days when their destinies crossed.