The Toronto International Film Festival is right around the corner, with new titles being added to their lineup every week. One very special film that was just included under the Galas section is Terry George’s “The Promise,” which will be making its world premiere at the festival.
Starring Oscar Isaac as Michael, a humble Armenian apothecary who leaves his village to study medicine in cosmopolitan Constantinople, the drama follows him during the Armenian genocide. Christian Bale also co-stars as Chris, an American photojournalist who has come to the country to partly cover the geopolitics and is in a relationship with the talented Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), a Paris-educated, Armenian artist. The first images of “The Promise” were revealed by the TIFF website, and you can take a look at them below.
The real drama in the story begins when Michael meets Ana and their shared heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Ottoman Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities and despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to survive.
The screenplay for “The Promise” hails from George and Robin Swicord. The film is executive produced by Kirk Kerkorian, Ralph Winter, Denise O’Dell, Mark Albela, Anthony Mandekic, Patricia L. Glaser, Dan Taylor, Sheri Sani. The picture’s helmer is best known for his smash film “Hotel Rwanda,” which was nominated for three Oscars back in 2005.
For more titles that will be screened at this year’s celebration, click here. The Toronto Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18.