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Persian Lessons (2020)

Director: Vadim Perelman
Cast: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Lars Eidinger, Jonas Nay, David Schütter, Alexander Beyer, Andreas Hofer, Leonie Benesch, Luisa-Céline Gaffron, Nico Ehrenteit, Giuseppe Schillaci, Antonin Chalon, Serge Barbagallo, Peter Beck, Felix von Bredow, Pascal Elso, Marcus Calvin, Mehdi Rahim-Silvioli, Ingo Hülsmann, Elena Stetsenko, Gennadiy Fomin, Alexander Starchenko, Alexandr Zhdanovich, Anton Zhukov, Svetlana Anikey, Anastasia Gudei, Veronika Buslaeva, Elena Girenok, Sofya Gershevich, Oleg Veber, Maximilian Anthony, Gareth McGregor

Synopsis

1942. 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.
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