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2022 NH Jewish Film Festival

Persian  Lessons

Virtual only

Available Thursday, March 31 – Sunday, April 10 

48-hour viewing window after unlock 

Admission: $12/household


Director: Vadim Perelman

Narrative Feature, 2020, Russia, Germany, Belarus 

127 minutes

German, French, Italian, English and Persian with English subtitles


Occupied France, 1942. Gilles (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) is arrested by SS soldiers alongside other Jews and sent to a camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids sudden execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but Gilles gets assigned a life-or-death mission: to teach Farsi to Koch, the Head of Camp (Lars Eidinger), who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over. Gilles manages to survive by inventing words of “Farsi” every day and teaching them to Koch. The relationship between the two men sparks the jealousy of other prisoners and SS guards towards Gilles. As Koch’s suspicions grow every day, Gilles understands that he will not be able to keep his secret very long.


Belarus’s Official Submission, Best International Feature Film, 93rd Academy Awards


Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2020, Boston Jewish Film Festival 2021, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2021, Miami Jewish Film Festival 2022, New York Jewish Film Festival 2022

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