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- Director: Vadim Perelman
- RUSSIA, GERMANY / 2020 / DCP / Colour / 120’ / German, French, Italian, English; Turkish s.t.
- Screenplay: Ilja Zofin
- Original Work: Wolfgang Kohlhaase
- Director of Photography: Vladislav Opelyants
- Editing: Vessela Martschewski
- Original Music: Evgueni Galperine
- Cast: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Lars Eidinger, Jonas Nay, Leonie Benesch, Alexander Beyer, David Schütter, Luisa-Celine Gaffron, Guiseppe Schillaci
- Producer: Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pavel Burya, Ilya Zofin, Rauf Atamalibekov, Timur Bekmambetov, Vadim Perelman
- Production Co.: Hype Film, LM Media, One Two Films, Belarusfilm
- World Sales: Memento Film Internationals
- Turkish Rights: Filmartı
Vadim Perelman’s Holocaust drama brings a brand new perspective to a cinematographically challenging subject matter. In order to escape execution at the concentration camp, Gilles claims he is Iranian. The film’s most interesting part emerges after he is requested to teach Persian to a Nazi officer. As Gilles is compelled to forge a whole language from scratch, the film expands in unexpected ways along the lines of memory, linguistics and identity. Resting on a truly memorable performance by Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, whose star shone in 120 BPM (2017), Persian Lessons is one of the most extraordinary Holocaust films we have seen in recent years.
This film was a Meetings on the Bridge participant.