Promise at Dawn – La Promesse de l’aube

Genre Biography/Drama/Romance
Director Eric Barbier
Starring Pierre Niney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bourdon
Screenplay Eric Barbier and Marie Eynard
Length 131 min
Country France/Belgium
US release East Coast Premiere

Sunday, April 29 – 7:15 PM to 9:35 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Greenwich, CT

From a childhood in Poland to adolescence in Nice to years as a student in Paris and tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times, not for La promesse de l’aube but for La vie devant soi and Les racines du ciel.

César Awards 2018
Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Barbier Marie Eynard
Best Costume Design: Catherine Bouchard
Best Production Design: Pierre Renson

« On vibre pour ce film d’aventure romanesque et délicieusement drôle. »
– Ouest France

The second film adaptation of Romain Gary’s epic memoir is a patchy but diverting melange of pathos, comedy and ripe camembert.
– Variety