Persian Lessons

  • Persischstunden / Persian Lessons (aka Persische Stunden) (Working title)
All titles (13)
Feature Film | 2018-2019 | Drama, Period, War | Germany, Russia

Shooting data

Start of shooting07/11/2018
End of shooting20/01/2019
Number of shooting days33
LocationsMinsk
Filming regionsBelarus

Project data

Length of movie125 min
Aspect ratioCinemascope (1 : 2,39)
Acquisition formatARRI RAW
Distribution formatDCP
Sound formatDCP

Trailers/Videos

Brief synopsis

An unconventional friendship grows between the German chef of a concentration camp kitchen Klaus Koch and the young Belgian jew Gilles, who falsely claims to be Persian in order to survive a mass shooting and is now obliged to teach Klaus a language that he only pretends to know.

(OneTwo Films)

Cast

ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Nahuel Perez BiscayartGilles [L]
Lars EidingerKlaus Koch [L]
Jonas Nay
Max [SR]
Leonie BeneschElsa [SR]
Luisa-Céline GaffronYana [SR]
David SchütterPaul [SR]
Alexander BeyerCommander [SR]
Giuseppe SchillaciMarco [SR]
Antonin ChalonJacob [SR]
Mehdi Rahim-SilvioliNathan [SR]
Peter BeckDoctor [SR]
Marcus Calvin
Investigator [SR]
Nico EhrenteitObersturmführer Krupp [SR]
Andreas Hofer
Adjutant [SR]
Ingo HülsmannSturmbannführer Farber [SR]
Lola BessisMelanie [SR]
Gareth McGregorAmerican Soldier 2 [BP]
Maximilian AnthonyAmerican Soldier [BP]
Felix von BredowUntersturmführer Siemens [BP]

Crew

ActivityNameComment
1st ADAlexey Smolyar
Director of photographyVladislav Opelyants
Casting directorAsya Smekalova
Costume designerAlexey Kamyshov
DirectorVadim Perelman
EditorVessela Martschewski
Persian Lessons
Persian Lessons
ComposerEvgueni Galperine
ProducerVadim Perelman
ProducerIlya Stewart
ProducerRauf Atamalibekov
ProducerPavel Buria
ProducerMurad Osmann
ProducerTimur Bekmambetov
ProducerIlya Zorin
Co-producerSol Bondy
Co-producerJamila Wenske
Production designerDmitry Tatarnikov
Production managerIrina Ragozina
PA internBenedikt Haag
Production Intern, One Two Films
Production Intern, One Two Films
ScreenwriterIlya Zorin
Script translatorEmma Delforno
Translation, proofreading filmscript
Translation, proofreading filmscript
Sound designerBoris Voyt

Production companies

CompanyComment
Hype Film [ru]
One Two Films
Belarusfilm [by]
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Distributing companies

CompanyComment
Alamode Filmdistribution oHG [de]
Germany
Germany
Best Film [pl]
Poland
Poland
KMBO [fr]
France
France
Memento Films [fr]
International (world sales)
International (world sales)

Awards

Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Vessela Martschewski2020Valladolid International Film Festival [es]Best EditingWinner
Vadim Perelman2020Valladolid International Film Festival [es]Best FilmNominated
Vadim Perelman2020Transatlantyk Festival [pl]Best FilmWinner
Vadim Perelman2020Beijing International Film Festival [cn]Best FilmNominated

Festivals

YearCountryFestivalComment
2020GermanyFestival des Deutschen Films
2020GermanyInt. Festpiele BerlinBerlinale Special
2020SwedenStockholm International Film FestivalOpen Zone

TV-broadcast

TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
RepeatGermanyZDF [de]Friday, 14/01/2022, 11.15 PM

Cinema

TypeCountryDateComment
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 19/01/2022
Theatre releasePolandFriday, 29/10/2021
Theatre releaseAustriaThursday, 31/12/2020
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 24/09/2020
PremiereSaturday, 22/02/2020Berlinale