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PERSIAN LESSONS (Russia, Germany, Belarus)

November 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm

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 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.
“Persian Lessons is easily the pick: it’s a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama” …Daily Mail
“Director Vadim Perelman creates a skillfully unfussy period style, avoiding genre cliches to focus on characters who are finely brought to life by an excellent cast.” …  Shadows On The Wall
Official Academy Award Submission, later disqualified due to the majority of individuals involved in making the film not coming from Belarus.
Director:  Vadim Perelman  (House Of Sand And Fog).
Running Time:  127 min
Genres:  History / Drama
Languages:  German, French, Persian with ENG ST


November 6, 2021
10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
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Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States


Desert Film Society