The Envoy (Act one of a feature film screenplay)


The Envoy
By
Ramin Tork

Copyright 2014

1 INT. PATIENT’S ROOM, NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL.
NIGHT.
BLACK. The SOUND of an old man murmuring.
67-YEAR-OLD CYRUS KUSHA is in a bed in a corner of a dark
room.
CYRUS
Forgive me! I should had saved
you.
A faint light illuminates the screen. A female
hand reaches old CYRUS. She covers his shoulder with the
blanket. She kisses him on the cheek.
CYRUS
EVELYN is that you?
SOUND of VOICES.
SILHOUETTES in the dark.
Blurred figure of DR. AZIZI with NURSE O’CONNOR shutting
the curtains between the cubicles.
DARK. ELECTRONIC SOUND of life support equipment.
Abrupt close up of DR. AZIZI’s face looking down.
NURSE O’CONNOR slowly elevates the back of the bed using a
control. She raises CYRUS’s back on bed and makes him sit.
DR. AZIZI comes closer and examines CYRUS with the
stethoscope.
CYRUS
I killed her. I was too late…
DR. AZIZI
My Name is DR. AZIZI. I’m just
going to do a quick examination.
Is that OK? This is going to feel
a bit cold.
Then pulls out an ophthalmoscope.
A piercing light moving left and right.
DR. AZIZI
Good man… You are in the
Nottingham University Hospital.
You’ve been sleep for three
days… When you fell, you
bruised your head. Your daughter
was anxious to see you.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 2.
CYRUS
I don’t have a daughter.
NURSE O’CONNOR gently puts CYRUS’ head back on the pillow
and lowers the bed with the same control.
View of the room’s white ceiling as the bed is lowered:
DR. AZIZI
Keep him on the same medication.
2 INT. PATIENT’S ROOM, NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL. DAY.
SOUND of breakfast dishes followed by SOUND of a rotating
floor washer fading to the distance.
Abrupt close up of NURSE LEE with a piece of cloth and
bucket, and her name badge on her tunic.
NURSE LEE
Do you feel any pain?… I’m just
going to clean your dressings.
Cloth covers CYRUS’ eyes and blocks the camera view.
3 INT. 1940S BATHROOM. IRANIAN EMBASSY IN PARIS. NIGHT.
SOUND of water dripping.
Cloth over 27-YEAR-OLD CYRUS’ eye is uncovered. EVELYN and
CYRUS are in an opulent bathroom. EVELYN is leaning
towards him in a full bath tub and cleans his face with
the cloth. She smiles.
EVELYN
Did SARAH ever wash you like
this?
CYRUS
No we never… We didn’t. We were
just sixteen.
EVELYN
Did you love anyone else?
CYRUS
Other than you? No. How about
you? Who was your first love?
EVELYN
Mine! I was six. His name was
Chen. We met in music lessons.
CYRUS kisses her. EVELYN laughs.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
EVELYN
I bet no one has pampered you
like this?
CYRUS
Not since I was four. My Mum took
me to a women’s public bath. My
aunt was telling us about her
honeymoon arrangements. Then I
pointed between her legs and said
auntie can I have your mouse when
you go to Paris?
EVELYN
What did she say to that?
CYRUS
She said my new uncle would miss
his pet mouse if it’s not there
with him in Paris… She said
I’ll have my own pet mouse when I
grow up.
CYRUS’ hand moves goes under the water and out of view and
caresses EVELYN. EVELYN is tickled and splashes water on
him. She giggles then she is aroused. She kisses CYRUS’
cheek and opens her mouth in ecstasy, looks in CYRUS’ eyes
she reaches climax.
4 INT. PARIS OPERA HOUSE. NIGHT.
SOUND of EVELYN singing the Cio-Cio San aria of Madam
Butterfly.
From a private box, CYRUS is in his tuxedo and white tie.
He watches EVELYN sing.
5 EXT. FRENCH BELGIAN BOARDER. NIGHT.
SOUND of EVELYN singing continues.
Slowed scenes of battle between German and French troops.
French soldiers falling and Germans going forward with
tanks.
6 INT. INSIDE THE EMBASSY CAR. NIGHT.
SOUND of crowd leaving the opera house.
CYRUS and EVELYN in the back seat of the car.
CYRUS holds her hands. Kisses her hands, then kisses her
neck.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 4.
CYRUS
Your bel canto technique was
magnificent… What do you want
to do?
EVELYN
I want to celebrate tonight.
7 EXT. OUTSIDE THE EMBASSY CAR. NIGHT.
SOUND of traffic.
EVELYN’S happy face through the car window being driven
away.
8 INT. A LARGE NIGHT CLUB WITH A LARGE HALL. PARIS. NIGHT.
SOUND of live music.
A crowded night club with many tables and a stage. A
waiter approaches CYRUS and EVELYN and shows them to a
table. CYRUS and EVELYN meet other socialites and greet
them. Waiter opens a bottle of champagne and fills their
glass.
9 EXT. 1940. A CAFE IN PARIS. DAY.
SOUND of a cafe.
WAITER brings two espressos to a table.
26-YEAR-OLD JACOB glancing at a newspaper at a cafe and
sitting with 27-YEAR-OLD CYRUS at that table. CYRUS tilts
his head back and enjoys the warmth of the sunshine.
JACOB
So that’s a no to moving back to
Tehran?
CYRUS
I’m not planning to give up
Paris.
JACOB glances at the newspaper.
CYRUS
What does it say?
JACOB
It doesn’t look good… Was it a
great night?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 5.
CYRUS
Yeh. You should join us. I’ll fix
you with one of EVELYN’s friends.
JACOB looks at his pocket watch.
JACOB
I have too many things on my
mind. I have a new buyer for the
carpets… Some of us have to
work.
JACOB
How is EVELYN coping with your
party life style.
CYRUS
This time I’m coping with her
parties.
JACOB
Ah, SARAH said she’s coming to
your office tomorrow. She wants
to know about these new
passports.
JACOB
She also invited you for Tuesday.
Family dinner. bring your new
girl.
CYRUS
So she is cooking for ten people?
JACOB
It’s twenty. Our cousins are
staying with us. Mum is cooking.
CYRUS distracted by the presence of Captain THEODOR
DANNECKER.
CYRUS
Well! It is a small world. That
man sitting at the last
table. No don’t look. That’s
MAX’s uncle. The German MAX in
our school.
JACOB
Are you sure it’s him.
CYRUS
Yes. Positive. He is a Captain. I
spend a summer in their Tehran
family house. He speaks fluent
Persian. He had a taxidermy
collection that scared the hell
out of me.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 6.
JACOB
What happened to MAX?
CYRUS
MAX died in the Polish invasion.
10 EXT. OUTSIDE IRANIAN EMBASSY IN PARIS. DAY.
SOUND of troops marching.
The French crowd is standing in large numbers watching as
the German troops parade on the Paris streets. Some are
crying. Some look petrified. CYRUS carries a newspaper.
INT. IRANIAN EMBASSY. DAY.
SOUND of boxes being packed.
The AMBASSADOR’S SECRETARY and other staff could be seen
packing cases. CYRUS rushes through the corridors and
reaches the desk of AMBASSADOR’S SECRETARY. Ambassador’s
office door is closed. He knocks and opens the door.
AMBASSADOR’S SECRETARY
Don’t bother, he has left.
The office is empty.
AMBASSADOR’S SECRETARY
You better start packing.
CYRUS
He wouldn’t leave without a
message.
AMBASSADOR’S SECRETARY
I’m afraid he has.
CYRUS
Has there been any word from
Tehran about this. I’m not going
anywhere.
AMBASSADOR’S SECRETARY
Very well. suit yourself.
Congratulations on
your promotion, new AMBASSADOR.
An assistant helps the AMBASSADOR’S SECRETARY with the
packed boxes. CYRUS walks to the Consulate section. His
five staff are sitting behind their desk in anticipation.
CYRUS
The AMBASSADOR has left. His
staff are leaving, but I’m
keeping the Consulate open. If
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 7.
CYRUS (cont’d)
you want to leave you have to
leave now.
Three of the staff get up and leave. CYRUS gives a
thankful looks at the three left.
INT. WINDOWS VIEW OF STAFF IN CARS LEAVING. DAY.
SOUND of car engines.
CYRUS looks from a top window as embassy staff board a
mini bus and leave.
EXT. OUTSIDE IRANIAN EMBASSY. DAY.
SARAH (heavily pregnant) approaches the embassy gates, but
the gates are closed and no guards are standing there. So
she turns back.
11 INT. PARIS OPERA HOUSE. NIGHT.
SOUND of Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries.
CYRUS is sitting in his balcony box. He looks around and
the seats are filled with German officers. In another box
he notices Captain THEODOR DANNECKER, GENERAL WALTER
SCHELLENBERG and two pretty french girls. EVELYN is
singing the major role.
12 INT. GRAND HALL PARIS OPERA HOUSE. NIGHT.
SOUND of crowd.
CYRUS approaches EVELYN. EVELYN is standing at a corner
looking for CYRUS. COCO CHANEL stand with her lover HANS
GUNTHER. GENERAL WALTER SCHELLENBERG is speaking to
THEODOR and the Vichy Police Chief RENÉ BOUSQUET. The two
Germans are in SS uniforms.
EVELYN
I thought you never come.
CYRUS
I still have to maintain a public
face.
COCO approaches EVELYN.
COCO
That was a wonderful performance.
CYRUS
It is good to see you again
Captain.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 8.
THEODOR
Good to see you too. How is your
father? Does he still go duck
shooting?
CYRUS
Yes, hes does.
THEODOR
Thanks for not blowing my cover.
I did see you at the cafe.
CYRUS
A German officer scouting for an
invasion is not of my concern.
Iran is a neutral country… Did
you enjoy the performance?
THEODOR
Yes it was a good performance,
but I expected someone Aryan to
sing the role of Freyja.
He looks across his shoulder at EVELYN and laughs. EVELYN
overhears him and she becomes upset. CYRUS is also upset,
but maintains his composure.
THEODOR
General. allow me to introduce
the Persian Ambassador. CYRUS
KUSHA. We are old friends.
CYRUS
We call Persia Iran now Captain.
GENERAL WALTER SCHELLENBERG
Ambassador… I’m delighted. Tell
me. Why did your king change the
name Persia to Iran.
CYRUS
General… His majesty wishes the
world to use the name we’ve
always used.
GENERAL WALTER SCHELLENBERG
And what does Iran mean?
CYRUS
It means the land of Aryans.
GENERAL WALTER SCHELLENBERG
The General laughs. How very
amusing. So the king thinks we
are cousins?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 9.
THEODOR
The King is quite fond of German
technology. My brother was
responsible for establishing the
Trans-Iranian railway going from
Persian Gulf all the way to the
soviet boarder.
GENERAL WALTER SCHELLENBERG
How convenient. It looks to me
like your king like our friend
RENÉ has placed his bets on the
winning table!
RENÉ
But General we would like to
think that the French are also
your cousins.
GENERAL WALTER SCHELLENBERG
You see my Persian friend. You
don’t need a tuxedo and a white
tie for a party. All men try to
be your cousin when you roll in
with a convoy of tanks and army
trucks.
They all laugh.
CYRUS
Indeed General.
THEODOR
We must go duck shooting like we
used to. I use Chateau de Janvry
for my weekend residence.
CYRUS
I would love to.
EVELYN
(Quietly to CYRUS)
Can we leave now, darling.
13 INT. CYRUS’ CAR. NIGHT.
EVELYN
Did you hear what the General
said? “I expected someone more
Aryan to sing”. I have to leave
Paris. Many people are leaving
for South of France.
CYRUS
No, you’ll be safe here with me
in the embassy compounds. Carry
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 10.
CYRUS (cont’d)
on as normal, and if there is any
danger we’ll move to South of
France. I promise.
14 EXT. CHATEAU DE JANVRY, SOUTH OF PARIS. DAY.
CYRUS and THEODORE in country jackets and holding
shotguns, and walking.
THEODOR
Do you remember those hunting
trips with you, MAX and your
father?
CYRUS
Yes. That was in our Mazandaran
estate… I’m sorry about MAX.
THEODOR
Yes, so am I, but he didn’t die
in vain. Soon the rest of Europe
would be ours. We are finding
allies in Middle East too. If we
persuade your king to cut the
Persian oil the British navy
would shut down and the war would
be over.
SOUND of two shots.
THEODORE shoots two shots hesitant shots and a duck fall.
CYRUS
You have one Captain… We are a
neutral nation.
THEODOR
Iran is not powerful enough to be
neutral. You are not Switzerland
with a strong army and the
world’s gold in your banks. Soon,
you’ll have to take sides or one
side would swallow you. I’ll be
frank CYRUS, we need our own
Iranians. People with contacts
and influence… Perhaps like you
and your father.
CYRUS
I am my father’s son, and a
servant of my people and the
King, but I am my own man
Captain.
SOUND of two shots.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 11.
CYRUS shoots two rapid shots and two ducks fall.
THEODOR
Good shot.
15 INT. SARAH’S HOUSE. PARIS. NIGHT.
SOUND of a crowded house.
CYRUS is sitting on an armchair and talking to JACOB and
SAMUEL and DAVID(SARAH’S husband) smoking and speaking
quietly. Door is half open, SARAH and EVELYN and JACOB’S
MOTHER are talking laughing.
SAMUEL
All Jews now have to wear these
yellow stars. It is going to be
like the rest of occupied Europe.
SAMUEL takes his star out of his pocket and shows it to
CYRUS, and puts it back again.
CYRUS
Then I would suggest you all make
arrangements for going back to
Tehran. You’ll need to come to
the embassy, be photographed and
I can get you the new passports.
JACOB please organize this so
that all the Iranian Jews come in
but in small groups, otherwise we
might raise the attention of the
Vichy Police.
JACOB
Having Iranian passports won’t
give us any protection. We need
to transfer our savings to you…
In case the Germans confiscate
it.
CYRUS
I can’t accept such a
responsibility.
JACOB
Think about it. You are the only
one we could trust with this. If
they confiscate it we’ll be
ruined.
DAVID
He is right, and yes, having some
paperwork could be better than
none. What about non Iranian Jews
like me. Can you help us?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 12.
CYRUS
I think that could be too
dangerous.
DAVID
True. I wouldn’t want SARAH to be
stopped for forged documents.
SARAH (heavily pregnant) approaches from another room and
holds her husband’s hand.
SARAH
Did you call me?
DAVID
No dear. We’re just talking.
SARAH
CYRUS. Can I show you my papers.
I have them organized in the
study.
CYRUS follows her to the study.
16 INT. SARAH’S STUDY. PARIS. NIGHT.
SARAH has placed the papers on a desk and CYRUS is
examining them. She feels a kick inside and becomes
slightly disorientated. CYRUS holds her and helps to a
chair.
CYRUS
I felt the kick.
CYRUS smiles.
SARAH
They say if it’s two kicks then
it’s a boy… CYRUS. I’m not in
any position to ask for favors,
but I need a passport for DAVID.
CYRUS
If I give DAVID an Iranian
passport illegally the Germans
would suspect all the new
passports. We need a different
plan.
SARAH
The CYRUS I knew would go to the
end of the world to help the
people he loved. He wanted to be
a Doctor not a champagne popping
diplomat.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 13.
CYRUS
Come on that’s not fair SARAH.
SARAH
I couldn’t leave DAVID with the
Nazis no more than you would
leave EVELYN behind. Your new
girl is lovely by the way. I saw
the way she looks at you.
CYRUS
I’ll do whatever I can to save
you and your family, but I have
to find a safe way.
17 INT. BEDROOM. IRANIAN EMBASSY IN PARIS. NIGHT.
No SOUND.
EVELYN is in a dressing gown. She is sitting by the
dressing table and brushing her hair.
EVELYN
They are so nice. How did you get
to know the HAYAMs?
CYRUS
JACOB was my schoolmate.
EVELYN
Then you fell for SARAH with
those blue eyes… She looked a
bit worried.
CYRUS
Yes they are all worried. I’m
worried for them too. She wanted
an Iranian Passport for DAVID.
EVELYN
Are you going to help her?
CYRUS
I’ll do what I can, but I’m not
going to issue forged passports
and mess up my rapport with the
Germans in Paris.
18 EXT. SAME CAFE FOR EARLIER BREAKFAST SCENE IN PARIS. DAY.
SOUND of operatic music.
CYRUS is sitting on his own and with little appetite sips
coffee. Next to him is a newspaper with anti-Jew
propaganda. He looks at it with disgust and throws it
further away from the table. He leaves a tip and leaves.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 14.
INT. DAVID, SARAH AND HER MOTHER IN A SUBWAY. PARIS. DAY.
SOUND of trains.
SARAH is holding DAVID and her mother’s hand tightly. They
are now wearing the yellow star of David badge. They come
to board the train. A French Police officer forces them to
walk to the end of the platform. SARAH is in agony. She
squeezes DAVID’s hand. We see them get up and leave rather
than board the arriving train.
INT. CONSULATE OFFICE. IRANIAN EMBASSY PARIS. DAY.
SOUND of camera flashgun from next room.
Inside the corridor a Consulate staff checks the paper
works and people go forward.
We see the recurring bright light of a a camera flashgun
from the next room. CYRUS is nervously walking up and
down.
CONSULATE OFFICER
Most of them are Iranian Jews.
Sir, but some are not Iranian.
CYRUS
For now put the non Iranians in a
different office.
The Jews in the queue take off their yellow star. One by
one they stand and pose for their passport mug shot.
Amongst them the familiar faces of JACOB, and SAMUEL,
COUSINS and their CHILDREN.
Each individual is photographed and as the flashgun
lightens the screen we see the aged historical black and
white passport and the Iranian embassy stamps. CYRUS
approaches JACOB.
CYRUS
JACOB can I speak with you for a
minute.
INT. CYRUS’ OFFICE. IRANIAN EMBASSY PARIS. DAY.
SOUND of passports being stamped.
CYRUS
JACOB. why did you bring non
Iranians?
JACOB
I’m sorry I told them. CYRUS
these people wouldn’t risk
leaving without their families.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 15.
CYRUS
Where is your Mum, SARAH, and
DAVID.
JACOB
We split the groups. They said
they would be here later.
CYRUS looks through the top window.
CYRUS
OPERATOR please connect me to the
HAYAM residence.
OPERATOR (PHONE. FEMALE VOICE)
I’m sorry sir but no one is
answering on this number.
View of two police talking to German soldiers sitting in a
car. a van is behind the car. CYRUS calls the HAYAM
residence. No one answers.
CYRUS
(TO CONSULATE OFFICER) Don’t let
anyone leave the embassy for now.
EXT. JEWISH QUARTER. PARIS. NIGHT.
SOUND of crowd.
The French police rounds up the Jews. There is some
resistance and a young man is beaten with a truncheon. He
falls and soaks the pavement with blood. A Women breaks
the heal of her shoe on pebbled street. People are being
rounded in ranks and marched. Between the faces SARAH, Mum
and DAVID. There are trucks lined up to take people to the
Drancy Internment camp.
INT. CYRUS’ OFFICE. IRANIAN EMBASSY PARIS. NIGHT.
CYRUS peeks outside. JACOB checks his pocket watch. They
look worried.
CYRUS
Keep calling them.
JACOB ringing.
OPERATOR (PHONE. FEMALE VOICE)
I’m sorry sir but the lines in
that area are still
not connecting.
CYRUS
I’m going to take the embassy car
and find out what is going on.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 16.
CYRUS
(TO CONSULATE OFFICER) Evacuate
some of the rooms which are not
visible from outside and get
temporary beds. No one leaves
until I come back.
EXT. JEWISH QUARTER. PARIS. NIGHT.
SOUND of car engine.
Embassy car is driving through the Jewish quarter. CYRUS
is in the back seat being driven by his driver. The car
passes in front of the HAYAM residence. He gets out and
knocks loudly on the door but no one answers. Gets back in
the car. He spots SARAH being helped to the back of the
transport trucks.
CYRUS
Stop.
A police officer flashes a torchlight and approaches
POLICE OFFICER
Sir you cannot stop here. May I
see your papers please.
CYRUS’ DRIVER
Officer, this car is flying an
Iranian flag. I’m driving the
Iranian Ambassador.
POLICE OFFICER
He looks behind. I beg your
pardon Ambassador, but this
section has been closed off.
CYRUS
Why are these people being
rounded up?
POLICE OFFICER
We have orders to evacuate this
area and move all the Jews to the
Drancy Internment camp.
CYRUS
Thank you officer.
CYRUS notices the truck that has SARAH and others. CYRUS
taps on the seat of the driver, and he drives away. SARAH
anxiously looks and for a Moment the embassy car headlight
reveals that she is looking at CYRUS’ car.
INT. IRANIAN EMBASSY PARIS. NIGHT.
No SOUND.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 17.
People are sleeping in their arranged beds. JACOB and
EVELYN are sitting by the phone in CYRUS’ office.
CYRUS
You’ll all have to stay here.
They are arresting all Jews
across the city. I saw them
boarding a truck, but I couldn’t
do anything.
CYRUS picks the phone.
CYRUS
Operator can you put me through
to the Police Chief.
POLICE CHIEF (PHONE)
Good evening Ambassador. What can
I do for you?
CYRUS
CHIEF. I’ve just heard that
Iranian citizens have been put
under arrest and they are being
kept in the Drancy Internment
camp, northeast of Paris.
POLICE CHIEF (PHONE)
Yes but only the Jews. We have
orders to move the Jews to that
camp.
CYRUS
But you can’t do that to the
Iranian citizens.
POLICE CHIEF (PHONE)
I’m afraid the new race law
applies to all Jews irrespective
of their nationality.
CYRUS
Thank you RENÉ.
CYRUS puts the phone down.
He looks outside the window, the police and German
soldiers have gone.
CYRUS
There isn’t much we could do
right now… I’ll visit the
Drancy tomorrow. EVELYN darling
you have a rehearsal to go to.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 18.
JACOB
How can you think about rehearsal
at a time like this?
CYRUS
We have to act normal. Besides I
might have a plan. Wake Goldman
up. I saw him going in with the
others to the temporary room.
JACOB
What plan? Why do you need my
lawyer?
CYRUS
Well, I’m not sure but we might
be able to use the German Race
laws to our advantage. Just wake
him up and get him to check if
Iranian Jews are classified as
Jugutis. He needs to check the
letter of the law whilst I’m
gone.
19 INT. GRAND HALL PARIS OPERA HOUSE. NIGHT.
SOUND of crowd.
THEODORE and GENERAL are in conversation and very drunk.
Standing with them are the two pretty French girls having
their own conversation.
GENERAL WALTER SCHELLENBERG
… So we had the Jew drink vodka
and forced him to sit in a pile
of wood and light his own fire.
Can you believe that? Even then
he didn’t show any resistance!
THEODOR
Ah CYRUS the GENERAL is talking
about pest control. Come and join
us… Where is our Chinese
Valkyrie tonight?
CYRUS
She was exhausted and left after
the performance.
THEODOR
Good, then perhaps later I can
introduce you to one of those
lovely ladies.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 19.
CYRUS
Captain. There is something I
wanted to talk to you about. The
Vichy police have arrested some
of our Iranian nationals.
THEODOR
They’ve only arrested the Jews. I
think you are smart enough to
know what is good for your
future, the future we
discussed… So why are you
worried about your Jews and spend
time with a Chinese woman? It
defies your Aryan racial purity.
GENERAL WALTER SCHELLENBERG
Purity? Really Captain. You have
such a sense of humor.
THEODOR
Mixed with inferior Asian blood,
but still Aryan General. Isn’t
that so AMBASSADOR?
The two officers laugh.
CYRUS
Captain, please.
THEODOR
Wait. I haven’t finished. I hope
you completely understood me.
CYRUS
Yes.
THEODOR
So. The Chinese woman?
CYRUS
You can rely on my cooperation,
but she or my friends are not to
come to any harm. When the time
is right I’ll send her away.
THEODOR
Very well. Send her to South of
France, just send her away. I
don’t want to hear another Wagner
done with a Chinese accent. It is
insulting to my ears… Come and
see me at the Drancy tomorrow.
20.
20 EXT. COURTYARD, THE DRANCY INTERNMENT CAMP. DAY.
SOUND of crowd.
JACOB’S MOTHER and DAVID are following a Vichy Policeman
and trying to get through a crowd of other Jews all
wearing yellow stars. There are long rows of people
sitting outside in the court in their overcoats.
21 INT. VISITOR’S ROOM, THE DRANCY INTERNMENT CAMP. DAY.
SOUND of french guards speaking outside.
JACOB’S MOTHER and DAVID are sitting on a bench. CYRUS
arrives. JACOB’S MOTHER hugs CYRUS. DAVID shakes his hand.
JACOB’S MOTHER looks tearful but smiles. DAVID has a
worried look. They both look rough.
CYRUS
Where is SARAH?
DAVID
She went into labour and they
took her away. They didn’t let us
be with her.
JACOB’S MOTHER
CYRUS. Please find out where
they’ve taken my girl.
CYRUS holds her hand.
CYRUS
JACOB and others are with me
mama. They are safe in the
embassy, and I’ll find out where
SARAH is being kept. Keep these
passports safe. DAVID, this one
is for you… You were born in
Yazd, memorize the details and
practice your Persian.
POLICE OFFICER
AMBASSADOR, the CHIEF wants you.
CYRUS
I have to leave for now, but I’ll
try to get you out of here.
CYRUS hugs them both.
21.
22 INT. OUTSIDE VISITOR’S ROOM, THE DRANCY INTERNMENT CAMP.
DAY.
He leaves and has one look at the tearful face of JACOB’S
MOTHER.
23 INT. CHIEF’S OFFICE, THE DRANCY INTERNMENT CAMP. DAY.
Vichy Police Chief RENÉ BOUSQUET is present and speaking
to THEODOR.
THEODOR
Ah, there you are.
CYRUS
What is planned for these people?
THEODOR
They will be deported to Poland.
CYRUS
Do you have the list of the
Iranian Jews in the camp.
RENÉ hands over a book.
RENÉ
Yes, here is the list.
CYRUS
There is one particular woman
SARAH HAYAM… According to her
family she went into labour.
RENÉ
Yes, I’m afraid she didn’t make
it.
CYRUS
Are you sure… Where is she?
perhaps it is a mistake?
RENÉ
The body must be in the mortuary.
CYRUS
I have to see her and make a
positive identification.
RENÉ
Of course.
THEODOR
Allow me to join you. I also have
to identify some dead Jews.
22.
24 INT. MORTUARY WITHIN THE DRANCY INTERNMENT CAMP. DAY.
Dead bodies of men, women and young children still in
their coats and wearing their yellow stars are stacked in
a corner.
CYRUS
What happened to them? These are
women and children.
RENÉ
There was some resistance.
THEODOR
Did they prepare my specimens?
RENÉ
Yes Captain.
CYRUS
SARAH HAYAM. She has black hair
and blue eyes.
THEODOR
Perhaps I can be of some
assistance here.
THEODOR guides CYRUS to an adjacent room.
RENÉ
You have to excuse me gentlemen,
but I have to see to my duties.
RENÉ leaves. CYRUS follows THEODOR.
25 INT. MORTUARY LAB WITHIN THE DRANCY INTERNMENT CAMP. DAY.
This is a dark room. There are body parts inside
containers filled with formaldehyde. THEODOR wears rubber
gloves and picks up a man’s head from a container. He
picks a research unit instrument and measures the
forehead.
THEODOR
An untermensch judging by his
forehead.
THEODOR moves to a dark corner. There is a large
container. He turns on a light. SARAH’s torso is inside
the container. Her body is half cut. Her head is untouched
but below the neck has been dissected and her unborn baby
is visible. CYRUS is shocked. His mouth trembles.
THEODOR
I’m adding this one to my eugenic
collection. An untermensch with a
(MORE)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 23.
THEODOR (cont’d)
baby boy. Would you believe, to
the last breath out of her she
begged for her baby vermin’s
life, and not for her own? With
all that pity she is a perfect
specimen of an inferior even if
those beautiful big blue eyes
deceive you to think otherwise.
CYRUS is still trembling, but keeps himself calm.
THEODOR
Is she one of your Jews, CYRUS?
CYRUS
Take her out of that damn thing.
I will not let her be part
of your freak collection.


Halal Beef - Khamenei by doodle_juice

Halal Beef – Khamenei, a photo by doodle_juice on Flickr.

A homage to Francis Bacon. I’ve turned Bacon to Halal Beef as a DaGod school transformation.

Love Campaign


love campaign by doodle_juice
love campaign, a photo by doodle_juice on Flickr.

The Israel-loves-Iran love campaign which was started by Ronny Edry is still going strong.

On both Iranian-Israeli sides there are people who are fighting for peace.

I am proud to say I took part in this campaign on the Iranian side. The Facebook group has 65000 member.

We have an equivalent Iran-loves-Israel group with about 20,000 members.

Ronny started this by this statement:

My name is Ronny, I’m 41 years old. I’m a father, a teacher, a Graphic Designer.
I’m an Israeli citizen and I need your help.

Lately, in the news, we’ve been hearing about a war coming while we the common people are sitting and watching it coming like it has nothing to do with us.

On March 15th, I posted a poster on Facebook. The message was simple.
Iranians. We love you. We will never bomb your country

Within 24 hours, thousands of people shared the poster on Facebook, and I started receiving messages from Iran.
The next day, we got featured on TV and newspapers, proving that the message was traveling. Fast.

Please help us prevent this war by spreading this message. make your own posters , send this message to your friends and share it.

We are raising money in order to produce more posters and keep the movement grow.

thanks to all of you for your support and love.

may we prevent this war.

Iranians and Israeli people are friends


love_israeli_people by doodle_juice
love_israeli_people, a photo by doodle_juice on Flickr.

There is a long history of friendship between Iranians and Jewish people.
In fact many of prominent Iranians who can call themselves Iranians are Jewish and have been in Iran for longer than any other Iranian ethnic groups.
It is so tragic that an Islamic-fundamentalist Government that is not democratic and does not represent Iranian people is bringing the two nation into war.

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