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Persian Lessons

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Persian Lessons
Movie Poster
Country BELARUS.jpg Belarus
GER.jpg Germany
RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Vadim Perelman
Release Date February 22, 2020
Language English
Persian (Fārsī)
Studio Hype Film
LM Media
Distributor Alamode Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Gilles / Reza Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Depute Commandant Klaus Koch Lars Eidinger
Max Beyer Jonas Nay
Paul David Schütter
Camp Commandant Alexander Beyer
Adjutant von Dewitz Andreas Hofer
Elsa Strumfp Leonie Benesch

Persian Lessons is a drama movie directed by Vadim Perelman. The film is essentially based on the content of the 2005 story Erfindung einer Sprache by Wolfgang Kohlhaase and was submitted by Belarus as an entry for the 2021 Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film. In 1942, in German-occupied France, Gilles was captured by the SS and other Jews and sent to a concentration camp. To avoid death, the Belgian helps himself with a trick: he claims not to be a Jew but a Persian. SS officer Klaus Koch overhears this and thinks of his big dream: after the war, he wants to open his own restaurant in Iran, but for that, he has to learn Persian. Gilles now has to teach Koch Fārsī without knowing a single word himself.

The following weapons were used in the film Persian Lessons:



Luger P08

A Luger P08 is used by SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain) Klaus Koch (Lars Eidinger). SS-Schütze (Private) Paul (David Schütter) is also seen with a Luger at the beginning of the movie but only from far away.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm Parabellum
"First I'll shoot you and then you get your order from the Kommandant!"
Klaus Koch points his Luger on SS-Untersturmführer (Second lieutenant) Siemens' (Felix von Bredow) forehead.
Another view of the same scene.

Submachine Guns


SS-Rottenführer (Corporal) Max Beyer (Jonas Nay) and Schütze Paul (David Schütter), as well, as several other Waffen-SS soldiers are armed with MP38s.

Maschinenpistole 38 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The slung MP38 is seen over Paul's shoulder.
Paul readies his MP38 when exhausted Gilles / Reza collapses to the ground.
An SS guard on patrol inside the camp.
Max threatens Gilles / Reza (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) after returning to the camp.
Another view of Max's MP38 pointed by him.
Paul stands with MP38 watching Max going after Klaus Koch and Gilles / Reza.


At least, one SS soldier is seen carrying an MP40.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm Parabellum
The SS man on the right carries his MP40.

M1A1 Thompson

Some U.S. Army soldiers can be seen with M1A1 Thompsons.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A Private first class in the background behind a Technician fifth grade (Corporal) (Marcus Calvin) carries a Thompson. The side-mounted charging handle and rear sight are visible.
The one standing soldier on the far left in the background also has a Thompson.


Karabiner 98k

Many SS soldiers wield Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier following Max carries a Karabiner over his shoulder.
An SS soldier goes upstairs to the camp tower during the changing of the guard.
Another SS man with his Kar98k escorting KZ inmates.
Various SS guards running with their carbines.
A closer view of one Karabiner.

Machine Guns

MG 34

The motorcycle's sidecar has a mounted MG34 with a Gurtrommel 34 belt drum.

Maschinengewehr 34 with a Gurtrommel 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Max mans the mounted MG34.


Double Barreled Shotgun

A French Policeman (Pascal Elso) and farmer (Gennadiy Fomin) are seen with 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns.

Charles Parker 1878 - 12 gauge
Gilles / Reza encounters the policeman in the forest.
A view of the two barrels.

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