Directed by: Vadim Perelman

Written by: Ilja Zofin (as Ilya Tsofin), Woflgang Kohlhaase (Novel)

Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Lars Eidinger

Logline: 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.


Occupied France, 1942. Gilles (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) 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 (Lars Eidinger), 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. The particular relationship between the two men sparks the jealousy of other prisoners and SS guards towards Gilles. And while the suspicions of Koch grow every day, Gilles understands that he will not be able to keep his secret very long…