Tue. Feb. 13, 2018 8:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
130 min. Russia, Germany (2016). BD. Russian, German, French, Yiddish w/ English subtitles.
Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Starring: Julia Vysotskaya, Christian Clauss, Philippe Duquesne, Peter Kurth, Jakob Diehl, Vera Voronkova, Viktor Sukhorukov
Screenplay: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Elena Kiseleva
Cinematography: Aleksandr Simonov
Editors: Sergey Taraskin, Ekaterina Vesheva
Producers: Florian Deyle, Andrey Konchalovskiy
World Sales: Film Movement
Russia's submission to the 2017 Academy Awards and winner of the Silver Lion Best Director at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
Olga, a Russian aristocratic immigrant and member of the French Resistance, is arrested by Nazi police for hiding Jewish children during a surprise raid. As her punishment, she is sent to jail where 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 favors. Although Olga agrees, and will do whatever it takes to avoid harsh persecution, her hope for freedom quickly fades when events take an unexpected turn. Shipped to a concentration camp, she is forced into a life of hell. To her surprise, she crosses paths with high-ranking German SS officer Helmut, who once fell in love with her and still harbors feelings. They rekindle their old flame and embark on a twisted and destructive relationship.
Community Outreach Partner: Jewish Film Institute.