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Promise at Dawn

Promise at Dawn

Charlotte Gainsbourg ("Melancholia,” “Norman") stars in Promise at Dawn, the epic film adaptation of Romain Gary’s best-selling autobiographical novel.

From his difficult childhood in Poland to his adolescence under Nice’s sun, to his career in the air force in Africa during World War II... Romain Gary (Pierre Niney, "Frantz") has lived an extraordinary life. He owes this relentless enterprise to live a thousand lives, to become a great man and a famous writer, to his mother Nina (Gainsbourg). It’s the wild love of his eccentric and endearing mother that drives him to become one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, to lead a life full of twists, passion, and mystery. But this unconditional maternal love will also be a burden that he bears his whole life.

"A great story, magnificently told! A film that bleeds off the screen and into our hearts." - Unseen Films

Jury Prize | Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019
Audience Award | Boston Jewish Film Festival 2018
Audience Special Prize | COLCOA French Film Festival, 2018
Nominated for 4 César Awards (including Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay)

Directed by Eric Barbier
France, 2019
French (with English subtitles)
131 minutes

Promise at Dawn