Louisville Jewish Film Festival: PERSIAN LESSONS
February 11 - February 13
Russia, Germany, Belarus
Gilles, a young Belgian man, is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews 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.
Opening night film of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Winner of Best Film at Transatlantyk Festival.
This film contains strong language and may not be suitable for children.
Sponsored by: Wilma Probst Levy
Louisville Jewish Film Festival Special Event: PERSIAN LESSONS
February 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Virtual Special Event: Director Vadim Perelman, will join us to discuss his journey and the making of this gripping film. Perelman, known for being very selective about his projects, worked with a linguist to create the made-up language in Persian Lessons, developing a grammar and a 600-word dictionary. Moderated by Solange Minstein.