The Paradise Suite

The Paradise Suite

by Joost van Ginkel

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

For the beautiful young Bulgarian Jenya, her trip to Amsterdam turns out to be the opposite of what she hoped for. Her gruelling captivity makes the angel-like African Yaya fight for her freedom; a dangerous fight in which he loses everything but his beloved faith. The Serbian war criminal Ivica, who has just become a father, is painfully confronted with the fact that crimes will never go unpunished. Bosnian Seka has nothing left to live for but her vengeance but as it turns out, it's that same vengeance that brings love back in her life. And when the Swedish piano-wonderboy Lukas runs away from his new temporary home, his father Stig finally realises that their passion for music hurts their father and son relationship. 
"The Paradise Suite" is a mosaic story about six people finding each other and, sometimes with just one glance, influencing each other’s lives irreversible.

Awards & Festivals

Nominated for the European Film Award 2016!
Special Mention Award for Anjela Nedyalkova for her outstanding performance @ Sofia International Film Festival!
Latin American Premiere in „Panorama Internacional“ section @ FICG Guadalajara
US Premiere in Competition @ Palm Springs Film Festival!
Jury Prize for the best actor (Isaka Sawadogo) and Ecumenical Jury Award @ Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival!
World Premiere @ Toronto Int’l Film Festival! 
American Premiere @ Sao Paulo Int’l Film Festival!
Indian Premiere @ Chennai Int’l Film Festival!
US Premiere @ Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival!
Angela Award as Best Actress for Anjela Nedyalkova @ Subtitle European Film Festival!


Anjela Nedyalkova: Jenya
Boris Isaković: Ivica
Erik Adelöw: Lukas
Issaka Sawadogo: Yaya
Jasna Djuričić: Seka
Magnus Krepper: Stig

Director Bio

Joost van Ginkel has a great career in renown film festivals with his previous films. His first short film SAND was selected in Venice Film Festival (2008). His second short film KISS was in Tribeca (2010). 170HZ is his first feature and won the “Audience Award” at the Netherlands Film Festival (2011). 170HZ was also selected in Busan Seattle, Shanghai and Moscow, among other festivals. THE PARADISE SUITE is his second feature film.

Director Statement

“Although I know I can’t change humankind, hopefully the film will create some awareness about the complex and sometimes ruthless society we live in. The storylines and characters are based on true stories. We all are able to relate to these stories somehow. The Paradise Suite is an observation of a period of time but is a poetic interpretation of reality. The Paradise Suite is a both raw and poetic praise to human strength for survival.”

Cast Bio

Anjela Nedyalkova - (1991, Bulgaria) Known for A_v_é,_ _selected for Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival, 2011. 

Boris Isaković - (1966, Yugoslavia) Known for White white world, selected for Locarno Film Festival 2010.

Issaka Sawadogo - (1966, Burkina Faso) Known for The Invader, selected for Venice Film Festival 2011.

Erik Adelöw – (2003, Sweden) First appearance in a feature film in The Paradise Suite. 

Jasna Djuričić - (1966, Yugoslavia) Known for White white world for which she won Best Actress at Locarno Film Festival 2010.

Magnus Krepper - (1967, Sweden) Known for Daybreak for which the ensemble cast won a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic achievement at Berlinale 2002.


Director: Joost van Ginkel
Scriptwriter: Joost van Ginkel
Cinematographer: Andréas Lennartson
Editor: Bob Soetekouw, Teun Rietveld, Wouter van Luijn 
Production Design: Gerard Loomans
Sound Design: Niklas Skarp
Composer: Bram Meindersma
Producers: Ellen Havenith (Delegate), Jeroen Beker
Co-Producers: Olle Wirenhed, Kalinovi Brothers, Jessica Ask
Co-Production Companies: GötaFilm, KaBoAl Pictures, Film i Väst
Production Company: PRPL
With the support of: Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Production Incentive, Eurimages, Swedish Film Institute, Bulgarian National Film Center

Original Title: The Paradise Suite / Arri Alexa 2K / 2.35:1 / Colour / 122 min / Audio: 5.1 / Drama / English, French, Bosnian, Swedish, Bulgarian, Serbian and Dutch with English subtitles / DCP / The Netherlands, Sweden & Bulgaria, 2015

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