Promise at Dawn


Closing Night Film
Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Gershman Y

Director: Eric Barbier
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: France
Year: 2017
Running Time: 2 hr 11 min
Language: In French with English subtitles

Sponsored by: Richard and Julie Jaffe; Daniel and Cathy Kaufman in loving memory of Irv Kaufman

General Admission: $25 (*includes post-film public reception)
Big Nights Pass: $58 (includes admission to the Opening Night Film AND Centerpiece Film as well at a 10% discount! For more info, click HERE)

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In honor of Elaine Levitt

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 mother and son.

From Romain’s difficult childhood in Poland to his enlistment in the French Air Force, his mother, Nina (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia), remains an eternal source of love and guidance. While her frequent declarations of her son’s future fame and glory makes 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.

The film will be followed by a Closing Night party!

Special Guests: Harlan Jacobson, Founder of Talk Cinema


For Fans of:

  • Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Epic films
  • Films based on true stories
  • French cinema
  • French history
  • Promise at Dawn
  • Romain Gary
  • WWII history

Official Selection:

  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival