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A young Jewish man pretends to be Iranian to avoid being executed in a concentration camp.

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Gilles
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Klaus Koch
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Max
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Paul
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Camp Commandant
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Adjutant von Dewitz
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Elsa
Luisa-Céline Gaffron ...
Jana
Nico Ehrenteit ...
SS-Obersturmführer Eugen Krupp
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Marco Rossi
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Jacob Rossi
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France KAPO
Peter Beck ...
Nazi Doctor
Felix von Bredow ...
SS-Untersturmführer Siemens
Pascal Elso ...
French Policeman
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American Investigator
Mehdi Rahim-Silvioli ...
Nathan
Ingo Hülsmann ...
SS-Sturmbannführer Farber
Elena Stetsenko ...
Stenographer
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Farmer
Alexander Starchenko ...
Russian Soldier 1
Alexandr Zhdanovich ...
Russian Soldier 2 (as Alexander Zhdanovich)
Anton Zhukov ...
German Soldier Innsbruck
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SS German Girl 1
Anastasia Gudei ...
SS German Girl 2
Veronika Buslaeva ...
SS German Girl 3
Elena Girenok ...
SS German Girl 4
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sofya Gershevich ...
Melanie
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German soldier
Maximilian Anthony ...
American Soldier (uncredited)
Gareth McGregor ...
US Army Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Vadim Perelman

Written by

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Ilja Zofin ... (screenplay) (as Ilya Tsofin)
 
Wolfgang Kohlhaase ... (novella "Erfindung einer Sprache")

Produced by

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Rauf Atamalibekov ... producer
Timur Bekmambetov ... producer
Sol Bondy ... co-producer
Pavel Burya ... producer
Elizaveta Chalenko ... co-producer
Ilya Dzhincharadze ... co-producer
Murad Osmann ... producer
Vadim Perelman ... producer
Ilya Stewart ... producer
Anouk van Ghemen ... consulting producer
Jamila Wenske ... co-producer
Ilja Zofin ... producer (as Ilya Tsofin)

Music by

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Evgueni Galperine
Sacha Galperine

Cinematography by

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Vladislav Opelyants

Film Editing by

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Vessela Martschewski

Editorial Department

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Andrey Mesnyankin ... digital intermediate colorist

Casting By

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John McAlary
Anastasia Smekalova

Production Design by

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Vlad Ogai
Dmitriy Tatarnikov

Costume Design by

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Aleksey Kamyshov

Production Management

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Fred Burle ... project manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Aleksey Smolyar ... first assistant director

Sound Department

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Kirill Bodrov ... additional adr recordist / re recording mixer: TV
Alexey Breytburg ... re-recording mixer
Mikhail Ogonkov ... adr recordist
Pepe Pleguezuelos ... re-recording mixer
Ilya Putilin ... dialogue editor
Serezha Shubin ... boom operator
Igor Tarasov ... boom operator
Javier Valdés ... director: castilian/spanish
Boris Voyt ... sound supervisor: production sound mixer
Natalia Zueva ... foley artist

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Sergey Toktarov ... visual effects supervisor
Nadezhda Zezyukova ... visual effects producer

Stunts

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Tomas Ereminas ... stunt coordinator
Mikhail Tarhonski ... stunt double of Lars Eidinger

Casting Department

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Margarita Amineva ... assistant to casting director
Valentina Katina-Chistova ... casting
John McAlary ... casting

Music Department

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Jeff Genie ... Composer Agent
Aymeric Letoquart ... music mixer

Script and Continuity Department

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Norbert Maass ... Script consultant

Additional Crew

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Andreas Bareiss ... legal counsel
Ernestine Kahn ... dialogue consultant: Alexander Beyer

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Feo Aladag ... thanks
Vernon Dobtcheff ... thanks

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Plot Summary

1942. 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.

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Also Known As
  • Уроки фарси (Russia)
  • Persischstunden (Germany)
  • Урокі фарсі (Belarus)
  • Les leçons persanes (France)
  • El profesor de persa (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 127 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Official submission of Belarus for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021, but was disqualified by the Academy, due to the majority of individuals involved in making the film not coming from Belarus See more »
Goofs At 12:40, the Farsi title of the book "Mythes de la Perse" is printed incorrectly. The words are written from the left to right as opposed to right to left. The characters are individually printed unlike in Farsi. And the top and bottom lines should are swapped. The translation from French however is correct. The book is clearly a prop. The misprint and the actual translation are visually different and immediately noticeable even to a non-Farsi speaker. See more »
Quotes Klaus Koch: [Koch took Gilles back after he was put to move to another camp] You would risk your life for those nameless people.
Gilles: Those aren't nameless. Just because you don't know their names. At least they aren't murderers.
Klaus Koch: I'm not a murderer.
Gilles: No. You just make sure that the murderers eat well.
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