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Persian Lessons

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Persian Lessons

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1942: Gilles, a young Belgian man, is arrested by the SS and sent to a concentration camp, where he avoids execution by convincing the guards he’s Persian—not Jewish. But then, he’s tasked with teaching Persian to the officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over. To survive, Gilles invents a language to teach the eager German. When the two men’s unusual relationship begins to incite jealousy and suspicion, Gilles becomes acutely aware that one false move could expose him. Three-time Oscar-nominated director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) deftly directs this gripping period drama that balances the horrors of the Shoah with the human need to survive.

Tickets: $11 (members), $16 (nonmembers)

“A hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama.”
Brian Viner, Daily Mail
“Director Vadim Perelman creates a skillfully unfussy period style, avoiding genre cliches to focus on characters who are finely brought to life by an excellent cast.”
Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
“A big widescreen cinematic ride which deftly mixes suspense, laughter, and tears.”
Lee Marsh, Screen Daily

This film is part of the Jewish Film Festival 2021 series.



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