Inspired by true events, Persian Lessons is a powerful story of survival from director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog). Set in occupied France in 1942, Gilles (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, 120 Beats Per Minute) is arrested by SS soldiers alongside fellow 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 Head of Camp Koch (Lars Eidinger), who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over. Not knowing a single word of Farsi, Gilles is suddenly faced with the impossible task of inventing a language from scratch.
‘Persian Lessons marks a return to form for Ukrainian-born Canadian director Vadim Perelman, 17 years after his Oscar-nominated debut House Of Fog.’ - Lee Marshall, Screen International
‘Perelman has done an excellent job, especially as the bookends of the film, designed to reinforce the emphasis on the need for memory and reporting...’ - Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa
German, French, Persian, English, Italian