THE ARMENIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AGBU ARMENIA AND SHARM HOLDING LLC TO HOST SCREENING OF THE PROMISE

On April 23, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AGBU Armenia and Sharm Holding LLC will host a closed screening of The Promise at the Moscow Theater in Yerevan. In attendance will be the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan; the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II; representatives of the government and diplomatic corps; as well as cultural and public figures.

The Promise is the first big budget, wide-release feature film—complete with a-list, Hollywood celebrities and a renowned, Academy Award-winning director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda)—to depict the Armenian Genocide. Produced by the legendary Kirk Kerkorian’s Survival Pictures, The Promise features an outstanding international cast, including Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Angela Sarafyan. All proceeds from the film will be donated to non-profit organizations, the first time for a film of this scale. The Promise has garnered celebrity support from George and Amal Clooney, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Andre Agassi, Mel Gibson and many others, marking a major triumph for the Armenian community.

In the film, it is 1914. As the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul)—its once vibrant, multicultural capital—is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine to Siroun, his ancestral village in southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photojournalist Chris Meyers (Christian Bale) has come only partly to cover geo-political news. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men, even as Michael hangs on to a promise from his past. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities. Despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to survive—even as monumental events envelope their lives.

In addition to the all-star cast, acclaimed musician and activist Serj Tankian served as the film’s executive music consultant and contributed a modern rendition of the Armenian folk song “Sari Siroun Yar” to the soundtrack. “It's been an honor to be an impartial ear and eye to the film,” said Tankian. “The best way to counter high budget disinformation campaigns by the Turkish government is to move people with the truth via the arts. I've been doing it for years with music and wanted to help do it through film somehow.” The original title song for the film was written and performed by Chris Cornell of the band Soundgarden and the original score was composed by Academy Award winner Gabriel Yared (The English Patient).

The grassroots campaign to ensure the box-office success of The Promise has been a worldwide effort supported by a joint coalition of Armenian organizations, civic groups and institutions. In addition to the release in the United States and Canada on April 21, The Promise was also released in the Middle East (Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, UAE, Yemen) on April 20 and will be released in Armenia and Russia on April 27; in the United Kingdom on April 28; in Poland on May 5; in Australia on May 25; in Thailand on June 1; in Spain on June 2; in Belgium on June 14; in the Netherlands on June 15; in Singapore on June 22; in South Africa on June 23 and in Italy on August 24. Please continue to check social media for updates on the film’s release in more countries.

To find out more about The Promise, please visit http://www.survivalpictures.org/the-promise/. Review the film online at www.rottentomatoes.com and www.imdb.com as honestly as you see fit. Spread the word about The Promise on social media with the hashtags #KeepThePromise, #ThePromiseFilm, #NeverStaySilent and invite friends and family to join the campaign.

 

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