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  • Director

    Vadim Perelman

  • Starring

    Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Lara Eidinger, Leonie Benesch

  • Run Time

    127 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Russian Federation Germany Belarus

  • Certificate


  • Language

    German; French; Persian; English; Italian

  • Subtitles


  • Format


Persian Lessons


Caught trying to flee Switzerland, a young Jewish man, Gilles, is arrested by the SS and sent to a camp in Germany. With his execution imminent, Gilles pretends to be Persian to escape persecution, but the lie is forced into an elaborate facade when he is instructed to teach Farsi to the savagely-tempered SS officer Klaus Koch. Unable to speak a word of the language, Gilles must convincingly invent and memorise a new one in a delicate and desperate bid for survival. With an empathetic performance from Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Persian Lessons is a powerful look at truth, memory and the power of language, set against the horrific backdrop of a devastating war.

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