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      The Promise.

      I have not seen this film yet but here is a review (not mine).

      The Promise review – Oscar Isaac tackles Armenian genocide in cliched but involving romance


      Hotel Rwanda director Terry George takes on a largely uncovered part of history in this often soapy but well-intentioned and extravagantly mounted epic

      xThe Promise Photograph: PR

      Benjamin Lee


      Tuesday 13 September 2016 11.57 BST

      There are many reasons to criticise James Cameron’s record-breaking weepie Titanic but one of the most frustrating reminders of its success lies in Hollywood’s repetitive treatment of historical tragedies ever since. Not that the director invented the formula of placing a love triangle in the middle of adversity, but he showed that it could be extraordinarily profitable – and movies from Pearl Harbor to Pompeii have tried desperately to replicate the package.

      Denial review – Rachel Weisz makes heavy weather of Holocaust courtroom drama

      Despite its pedigree – with a top-notch cast and a script by David Hare – this drama about the real-life libel case involving disgraced historian David Irving never comes to life

      Hotel Rwanda director Terry George has found himself another devastating, and far less covered, genocide to focus on, but in order to warrant the extravagant scale, a romantic trio has been placed front and centre. The film starts in Armenia in 1914 and follows Michael (Oscar Isaac), a man working in an apothecary, who dreams of becoming a doctor. But to afford the fees, he gets betrothed to a local woman and uses the dowry to go to school in Constantinople. Once he arrives, he quickly falls for Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) but – you guessed it – she’s already in a relationship. Her boyfriend is the fiery Chris (Christian Bale), an American journalist reporting on the growing tensions between Turkey andArmenia. As Michael and Ana get closer, war breaks out and the three find themselves in the middle of a terrifying situation.

      There’s something rather dusty about The Promise as George pushes his characters through a string of soapy machinations that feel incredibly familiar. But there’s also something rather comfortingly reliable about it as well and, while a tad workmanlike, his solid direction ensures that the drama is mostly involving. It also helps that the Armenian genocide is a relatively unexplored period of history and makes for a horrifying backdrop.


      Subtlety isn’t the film’s strong point – with certain lines of dialogue (“I’m going to slaughter everyone on this mountain!”) proving to be hilariously on the nose and Bale forced into some rather hammy scenes of rage. Isaac fares a little better and it’s refreshing at least for his character not to be a natural born fighter (there’s one rather nicely observed scene where he struggles to load a gun) but his chemistry with Le Bon is nonexistent. This proves to be problematic given the film’s focus on romance, and one does wish that there is more context provided to the conflict itself and a wider view of the atrocities taking place.

      But rather like Russell Crowe’s similarly creaky directorial debut The Water Diviner last year, there’s something to enjoy about its traditional brand of storytelling, devoid of any irony. There are definitely more interesting and satisfying films to be made about the Armenian genocide and this is never going to become a Titanic-sized success – but it’s a solid, if overly soapy, drama.

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      November 15, 2016xx16:53
      Turkey constructed a wall of denialism – Forbes on Armenian Genocide themed “The Promise”
      Author of the American Forbes magazine Stefan Ihrig has published an article on the Armenian Genocide themed movie “The Promise” and about the denial atmosphere surrounding it.

      STEPANAKERT, NOVEMBER 15, ARTSAKHPRESS-ARMENPRESS:xIhrig titled the articlex“Genocide Denial Goes Viral: 'The Promise' And The IMDB”.
      The author says speaking about the Armenian Genocide one becomes the target for Turkish nationalists and deniers.
      “Writing this is dangerous: Speaking out on the Armenian Genocide meansxtaking a huge risk. At the very least, it will be an exhausting experience,xgetting harassed online, trolled, threatened, down-rated on Amazon and publiclyxvilified. Until now, this was true mainly for individuals—academics, artists and activists, “he writes. x
      Later in the article Ihrig discusses the recent Turkish protests over a concert in Germany:
      “Just in the last weeks, Turkey left thexEuropean Union’s cultural program in protest over axpiece honoring the victimsxof the genocide by the Dresden Symphonic Orchestra which was sponsored by thexprogram. Most recently, Turkey prevented a concert—again the very samexpiece—at the German Consulate in Istanbul. And now, we are in the middlexof the next anti-Armenian campaign. This time its object is a Hollywood movie,xThe Promise, an epic focusing on thexArmenian Genocide, starring amongst others Christian Bale. Yet, this time itxmight actually backfire and go another way.”
      The article also presents the past efforts of Turkey of failing Armenian Genocide themed movies in Hollywood.
      “All this has a long tradition. Eighty years ago the Turkishxgovernment forced Hollywood to drop a movie project based onxThe Forty Days of Musa Dagh, then a best-sellingxnovel on the Armenian Genocide by German-language author, Jew and outspokenxHitler opponent Franz Werfel.xThe FortyxDays of Musa Dagh,xoriginally written as a warning against Hitler throughxthe prism of the Armenian Genocide, never saw the silver screen. Such a moviexcould have also raised awareness of the fate of the Jews in Nazi Germany at thextime and later of the ongoing Holocaust. It could have shaped the “narrative”xof the struggle against Hitler.xMany have since been interested to finally turnxthe novel into a major production, most recently, for example, Mel Gibson andxSylvester Stallone, but Turkish opposition and obstruction seemedxinsurmountable”, the article reads.
      “The Turkish government has constructed a very solid and relativelyxsuccessful wall of enforced silence, blocking attempts not only to acknowledge,xbut even to discuss the topic through various forms of intimidation. Even if methods of intervention have changed, Turkish denialism isxnot a thing of the past. It is less often direct intervention by the governmentxor the embassy, but rather a general atmosphere of intimidation, fear and enforcedxsilence”, Stefan Ihrig says.
      Speaking about “The Promise”, Stefan Ihrig says the movie made it further than the past projects mainly because of independent financing. He says it is one of the most expensive independently financed movies so far.
      “The movie was screened in September at thexToronto International Film Festival to rather small-sized audiences. Like anyxmovie of note, it has its IMDB entry readyxwhere you can find all the information on the movie and where people can ratexthe film from one star to ten.xAnd here this movie, for all intents andxpurposes is not yet available to the public, has become something of an onlinexsensation, or rather an online battlefield. Over the last weeks it hasxattracted over 91,000 votes, largely split between ten- and one-star votes. Thexmajority, over 57,000, are one-star votes. This is an obviousxcampaign toxdownrate the movie which then triggered pro-Armenian voting. We are witnessingxyet another anti-Armenian denialist campaign playing out abroad, far away fromxTurkey, in open, democratic societies. While it is not clear who isxorchestrating the campaign, it has to be assumed that, as with other campaigns,xconnections go back to the Turkish government and/or nationalist groups.
      Armenian Genocide denialism has gonexthrough various phases of development in the last decades. Denialism has enteredxthe age of Twitter and online mob-rule. And, unfortunately, quite successfullyxso”, he wrote.
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      Elton John presents Armenian Genocide film “The Promise” at Oscar party
      10:17, 28 Feb 2017
      Siranush Ghazanchyan

      Elton John and EJAF chairman David Furnish introduced “The Promise” at West Hollywood Park during an Oscar commercial break, The Verge reported.
      The 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Academy Awards viewing party, hosted by Elton John and David Furnish at West Hollywood Park, raised $7 million to help end HIV/AIDS. To no one’s surprise, the yearly event proved to be one of the most star-studded soirées of the night,xE!Onliexreported.
      All donations on the night were matched dollar-for-dollar by Survival Pictures’ upcoming feature “The Promise” (Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac) which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide at the outset of World War I, accrding toxThe Wrap.
      Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) directs, and was on hand to address the audience. With the film fullyxfinanced by the late businessman Kirk Kerkorian, all producer proceeds from the first dollar will be donated to organizations including the EJAF. Open Road releases the film next month.
      “Proud to introduce Open Road Films and Survival Pictures’ new film “The Promise” atx#EJAF25#KeepthePromisexSurvival Pictures will also be matching guest pledges made to EJAF via text & live auction purchases during our Academy Awards Viewing Party. Written by Terry George and Robin Swicord and directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), The Promise stars Oscar Issac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon,” reads a post on thexEJAF Facebook page.
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