Persian Lessons

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Director(s):Vadim Perelman
Running Time:127 min
Type of Film:Fiction
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere


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 Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Farsi 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 deception.


Winner, Audience Award, Seville European Film Festival 2020

Selection, Berlin International Film Festival 2020

Selection, Stockholm International Film Festival 2020

Selection, Moscow International Film Festival 2020


Screening as part of the Cummings Social Justice Film Series


Live conversation with Vadim Perelman moderated by Avner Shavit on Sunday, November 21st at 1pm. Included with purchase of ticket or pass. 


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