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The Envoy (Act one of a feature film screenplay)

Balatarin

The Envoy
By
Ramin Tork Copyrights 2014

 

Original script- Fiction based On the life of Abdol Hossein Sardari, the diplomat who saved many lives.


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 spent 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 notgoing 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, andDAVID.


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 younworried 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 partof your freak collection.

Balatarin

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