Persian Lessons

Persian Lessons
  • Friday June 23, 2023 4:00 PM
  • Friday June 23, 2023 6:15 PM
  • Friday June 23, 2023 8:30 PM
  • Saturday June 24, 2023 5:00 PM
  • Sunday June 25, 2023 11:30 AM
  • Sunday June 25, 2023 2:00 PM
  • Sunday June 25, 2023 4:30 PM

Set in occupied France in 1942, Persian Lessons follows Belgian Jew, Giules, who narrowly avoids sudden execution by swearing to the guards that he's Persian, not Jewish. While the lie temporarily saves him, he is then assigned the extraordinary task of teaching Farsi, a language he doesn't know the officer in charge of the camp's kitchen who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over. Through an inspired and clever deception, Giles not only manages to survive, but also devises an astonishing strategy to remember the names of his condemned brethren.

127 minutes; German with English subtitles.

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