Paradise by Andrey Konchalovsky Wins the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the Venice International Film Festival

12 September 2016

Paradise, a film directed by Andrey Konchalovsky, has won the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the Venice International Film Festival. The film was supported by The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

Alongside the second biggest film festival award, Paradise has won several other awards, including the Soundtrack Stars Award for the best musical soundtrack, the Nazareno Taddei Award for promoting Christian and humanistic values, and the Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award for promoting the values and missions of UNICEF.

Paradise is a co-production between Germany and Russia. The film was shot in 2016 with the help of the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russia 1 TV channel.

Paradise tells the story of people whose lives intersected during World War II. The storyline is based on three fates — Olga, a Russian immigrant and member of the French Resistance, Jules, a French officer collaborating with the Nazis, and Helmut, a high-ranking SS officer.

Paradise is filmed in three languages — Russian, German and French. The main characters of the film are played by Julia Vysotskaya, novice German actor Christian Clauss, and the renowned French actor Philippe Duquesne. Viktor Sukhorukov plays Heinrich Himmler. The shooting of Paradise took place in Russia and Germany.

This was the sixth time that Konchalovsky has taken part in the Venice International Film Festival. Paradise was one of the most anticipated films at the festival. The work of the honoured director was received with high regard from the audience and the jury.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation has supported the projects of Konchalovsky many times. The Italian-Russian performance of Oedipus at Colonus was made in 2014 thanks to the help of the Foundation and was staged for the first time at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. The Foundation also helped organise the London tour of the Mossovet State Academic Theatre, which performed the plays Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters, staged by Konchalovsky.

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