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Persian Lessons
Pittsburgh Premiere

En route to a concentration camp and certain death, Gilles, a Belgian Jew, attempts to save himself by claiming to be a non-Jewish Persian. Little does he know that he will be asked to teach “his language” to a ruthless Nazi commandant hoping to learn Farsi well enough to open a restaurant in Iran after the war ends. What ensues are daily lessons of Gilles teaching an imaginary language where any misstep will cost him his life. Based on a short story by Wolfgang Kohlhaase called “Erfindung einer Sprache” (Invention of a Language), Persian Lessons, a beautifully shot and impeccably acted film, will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

(Adult content: graphic images, violence)

Official Selection: Berlinale, New York Jewish film festivals

“It's a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama...Argentinian actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayartis is quite brilliant.” –Brian Viner, Daily Mail

AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ONLINE

April 29 – May 8 | PA, WV and OH

Watch the trailer below!

Director:Vadim Perelman
Length:127 minutes
Released:2020
Language:GermanFarsiFrenchItalianwith subtitles
Country:BelarusGermany
SCREENINGS
Asset 3
2022

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