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Tuesday, July 9th – 2pm
Promise at Dawn
Drama (France, 2017) French 2 hrs. 11 mins

Directed by Eric Barbier and based on the autobiographical novel and life of Romain Gary

Winner – Jury Prize
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner – Audience Award
Boston Jewish Film Festival 2018

Winner – Audience Special Prize
COLCOA French Film Festival, 2018

Nominated for 4 César Awards, including Best Actress & Best Adapted Screenplay

Romain Gary is one of the most famous French novelists and the only writer to have twice won the Goncourt Prize for French literature. Barbier’s biopic offers a sweeping chronicle of his life, from his childhood in Poland and adolescence in Nice, to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, At the film’s heart is Gary’s complex relationship between Gary and his mother (played by the mesmerizing, award-winning actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, who drove him to greatness against all odds in a Europe torn by anti-Semitism and war. Director Barbier describes his film as a “moving story, which concerns us and haunts us all; how dreams guide us or how they deceive us. But also why you should never give up.”