Persian Lessons

Vadim Perelman
Tue 30 Nov - Tue 7 Dec
  • Watch out with children under 16
  • Violence
  • Coarse Language
30
Nov
-
7
Dec

Inventing a language to survive World Was II... It sounds like a fable, but this film about a Belgian Jew that did exactly that in a resourceful attempt to prolong his life was inspired by a true story.

When the Belgian Jew Gilles is being arrested and transported to a camp in Germany, he manages to prevent his execution by pretending to be Iranian instead of Jewish. As a result, he is given the order to teach SS officer Koch Farsi - a language he does not speak or know at all. Out of options, he starts making up 'Persian' words every single day, trying to remember them himself by means of an ingenious trick. But Koch seems to become more and more aware of something not being right, and Gilles realizes that he won't be able to keep his secret forever.

Direction
Vadim Perelman
Cast
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Lars Eidinger, Jonas Nay
Duration
128 min
RELEASE
Thu 25 Nov
Year
2020
Country
Germany
Language
German
Subtitles
Dutch
  • Watch out with children under 16
  • Violence
  • Coarse Language

"Technically strong in cinematography, score, production design and costumes, and two powerful lead performances."

- Variety

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