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Florida Premiere

Promise at Dawn

Directed by Eric Barbier

France | 131 minutes | 2018

French with English subtitles

Nominated for four César Awards, Promise at Dawn is as much an epic autobiographical account of the extraordinary life of renowned writer and war hero, Romain Gary (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent), as it is a heartfelt testament to the special bond shared between a Jewish mother and son. From Romain’s difficult childhood in Poland to his enlistment in the French Air Force, his mother Nina (Charlotte Gainsbourg, MJFF 2018’s Ismael’s Ghosts), remains an eternal source of love and guidance. While her frequent declarations of her son’s future fame and glory make both of them a source of ridicule at times, her passion and high expectations for Romain push him to become one of France’s greatest 20th-century novelists and live his life replete with passion, adventure, and mystery. From the picturesque paradise of pre-war French Riviera to the sunbaked sand dunes of the Maghreb, Promise at Dawn’s shimmery gold-tinted palette evokes the old Hollywood grandeur of yesteryear.
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Eric Barbier was born in 1960 in Aix-en-Provence and from 1979 he visited the prestigious Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in Paris where he made several short films. He has worked in the French film industry for more than two decades. Promise at Dawn is Eric’s fifteenth feature film.
Foreign Title La promesse de l'aube
Director Eric Barbier
Countries of Production France
Year of Presentation 2018
Language(s) French with English subtitles
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 131 minutes
Principal Cast Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pierre Niney, Didier Bourdon, Catherine McCormack

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Nominated for four César Awards

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