november, 2021

tue16nov(nov 16)12:00 pmthu18(nov 18)12:00 pmFeaturedPersian Lessons (online)Event Type:Closing Night,Virtual screeningGenre:DramedyLanguage:Farsi,French,German,with English subtitlesSubjects:Comedic stories,France,Germany,Holocaust and WWIIGeographic information:Texas premiere,Viewable in Texas only

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Event Details

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.

Length: 127 minutes

Cast: Lars Eidinger

Director: Vadim Perelman

Writer: Ilja Zofin

Note: Festival (online) ticket automatically includes FREE ticket to the live Zoom based Q&A with internationally acclaimed director Vadim Perelman following the showing of the film in-theater. Q&A is estimated to begin around 9:45 PM Central Time on Tuesday, November 16.

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