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2020 | Germany | 127 min | Drama
Director: Vadim Perelman
Producers: Rauf Atamalibekov; Timur Bekmambetov; Pavel Burya; Murad Osmann; Vadim Perelman; Ilya Stewart; Ilya Tsofin

Occupied France, 1942. Gilles is arrested by SS soldiers alongside other Jews and sent to a camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids sudden execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but Gilles gets assigned a life-or-death mission: to teach Farsi to Head of Camp Koch, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over. Through an ingenious trick, Gilles manages to survive by inventing words of “Farsi” every day and teaching them to Koch.

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