Original Title : Rai
English Title : Paradise
Country : Russia | Germany
Language : Russian | German | French | Yiddish
Year : 2016
Runtime : 131 min
Director : Andrei Konchalovsky Venue: Mangla
Screen: Screen 3
Showtime: 12th Jan 2018, 1.15 p.m. Venue: City Pride Kothrud
Screen: Screen 2
Showtime: 15th Jan 2018, 5.00 p.m.
Venice Film Festival | FESTIVAL DO RIO | Haifa Film Festival | Mumbai Film Festival | Glasgow FF | Hong Kong FF | Jeonju IFF | Gijon International Film Festival | Russian Guild of Film Critics | Chicago International Film Festival
The film is built around the intertwining destinies of three main characters during the Second World War: Russian aristocrat-emigrant and member of the French Resistance Olga, a French collaborator Jules and a high-ranking SS officer Helmut.
Olga is arrested for hiding Jewish children from the Nazi roundups. Her case is overseen by Jules. He is interested in her and it seems that in exchange for sexual relations he is ready to soften the fate of the prisoner, but this does not happen. A chimerical hope of freedom is replaced by cruel reality – Olga lands in a German concentration camp. There she meets Helmut who in the past was hopelessly in love with her. Strange and painful relations commence between them. The Nazis are already close to defeat, and Helmut decides to save Olga from the camp and run away with her to South America. Olga, having lost hope of freedom agrees, but at the last moment realizes that her idea of paradise has changed.