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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Persian Lessons

Screening Information

Film Details

Country Germany
Year 2020
Running Time 127 MIN
Language German and English
Director Vadim Perelman

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A hit on the international film circuit, including the Berlin Film Festival, Persian Lessons is a unique and spellbinding drama by Ukrainian Jewish director Vadim Perelman (The House of Sand and Fog). Gilles, a young Jewish Belgian man, is arrested in 1942 by the SS 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 leads Gilles to a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Persian to an officer in charge of the camp's kitchen, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over. Gilles finds himself having to invent a language he doesn't know, as he creates a vocabulary and an intricate set of linguistic rules.

Presentation Details

Screening Sunday, April 10 at 2PM
Tickets $12