Persian Lessons

Gilles, a young Belgian man, is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Persian to Koch, the officer in charge of the camp”s kitchen, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia (Iran) once the war is over. Gilles finds himself having to invent a language he doesn”t know, word by word. As the unusual relationship between the two men begins to incite jealousy and suspicion, Gilles becomes acutely aware that one false move could expose his swindle.

Film Length: 127 minutes

Cast: Lars Eidinger

Director: Vadim Perelman

Writer: Ilja Zofin


7:00 PM Reception with light “Persian” type refreshment, drinks, and music from oud player Josh Peters.  

7:30 PM Theater doors open

Film followed by a live, Zoom based Q&A with internationally acclaimed director Vadim Perelman.

Director Vadim Perelman

Screening will be accompanied by a Q&A.

A live-over-Zoom Q&A with internationally acclaimed director Vadim Perelman will be held immediately after the in-theater screening.

Virtual TICKET holders will automatically receive a link to the Zoom event 1 hour before it begins. PASS holders should register for a free ticket to the Q&A.

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