The Promise has us following an Armenian medical student named Michael Boghosian, who travels to study in Constantinople. There, he meets American photojournalist Chris Myers and French-Armenian artist Ana (Charlotte le Bon), only to get swept up in a passionate love triangle. But as Ana and Michael grow closer, the crumbling Ottoman Empire forges an alliance with Germany and begins targeting ethnic minorities, waging genocide against all Armenians in the area.
The film from Terry George (who has directed Some Mother’s Son, Hotel Rwanda as well as written screenplays for In The Name Of The Father, The Boxer and Hart’s War) looks set to continue his trend of creating politically-minded dramas, even though the love triangle sub-plot hopefully doesn’t serve away from the focus of the Armenian genocide, resorting it to mainly be a backdrop only. The cast for The Promise includes Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte le Bon, Jean Reno, James Cromwell, Angela Sarafyan, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Tamer Hassan. The Promise is one of the One of the hottest acquisition titles around at the moment and will premiere at Toronto International Film Festival this coming Sunday evening.