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24th Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival

Persian Lessons

Please Note: this film is showing at the Orlando Science Center Digital Adventure Theater, which does not have concessions. 

An official selection at numerous international festivals and Belarus’ submission for the 2021 Best International Film Oscar®, Vadim Perelman’s Persian Lessons proceeds from a spellbinding premise: In 1942, Gilles (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, César winner for BPM), a Belgian Jew, is sent to a German concentration camp. He escapes execution by claiming to be Persian, but is ordered to teach the language (which he does not speak) to an SS officer (veteran actor Lars Eidinger), who plans to open a restaurant in Iran after the war. Gilles must somehow fabricate a language, complete with rules and extensive vocabulary, knowing that exposure of the ruse will cost him his life. To wit, Ukrainian director Perelman, best known for the 3-time Oscar-nominated Ben Kingsley drama House of Sand and Fog, collaborated with a Russian linguist to devise a 600-word lexicon of ersatz Persian for this remarkably suspenseful, superbly acted film.

Mensch Pass $118 (limited quantity): All 6 programs, First Priority Seating, Doors open 30 minutes early

Series Pass $72 (limited quantity): All 6 programs, Discounted Admission, Second Priority Seating

Individual Tickets $13

Passes and individual tickets can be purchased online or in person at Enzian’s box office.

Belarus | Germany | Russia, 2020, 127 minutes, Directed by Vadim Perelman, In German, French, English, & Italian with English subtitles

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  • United Arts
  • “Manages to end on a note that's both gripping and heartfelt, making it one of the first hidden gems of the year.”

    – Andrew Murray, THE UPCOMING
  • “The two leads are among the most acclaimed actors in Europe.”

    – Hannah Brown, JERUSALEM POST
  • “It’s got a powerhouse premise and strong performances…”

    – Dennis Harvey, 48 HILLS
  • “A hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama…”

    – Brian Vines, DAILY MAIL (UK)
  • “Well-made and well-acted…”

    – Hanna Flint, EMPIRE MAGAZINE
  • “It floored me in the devastating final moments, unexpectedly acquiring great depth and seriousness of purpose.”

    – Cath Clarke, GUARDIAN
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