Films screening at this event

Promise at Dawn

original title
La Promesse de l’aube
Director
Eric Barbier
Cast
Pierre Niney, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Country
Belgium, France
Year
2017
Duration
131 min

Charlotte Gainsbourg shines as a Jewish mother in this powerful adaptation of Romain Gary’s memoir. Believing in his potential from infancy and relentlessly pushing him to fulfil it, she was instrumental in her son becoming one of France’s 20th century literary giants. Although she is often delusional, her resourcefulness saves them from destitution in Lithuania and takes them to their promised land, France. Heartbreaking and funny in equal measure, Promise at Dawn is an ode to mother-child relationships – specifically Jewish yet universally relatable.

Nominated – BEST ACTRESS, CÉSAR AWARDS

“Recounted with a lot of verve and probably more than a little invention.” The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

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