Survival Pictures have recently released their first trailer for Terry George's (Hotel Rwanda) The Promise.
Historical drama The Promise promises a hard hitting look in a hugely turbulent and controversial corner of 20th century history, but director Terry George has proved that he is unafraid to bring the bleak issue of genocide to the big screen with Hotel Rwanda (2004). That one made an impression with Academy voters and don't bet against The Promise, with powerhouse male leads in Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises), doing likewise in the new year.
Isaac plays an Armenian apothecary who finds himself caught up in growing tension between his people and the Turkish authorities in and around mid-1910s Constantinople. Christian Bale's Associated Press reporter and his Armenian girlfriend (Charlotte Le Bon) are likewise embroiled as nationalism, racism and ethnic tensions within the Ottoman Empire spill into first violence and then slaughter.
Like Jack Nicholson's Eugene O'Neill in Russian Revolution epic Reds (1981) and Sam Waterston's Sydney Schanberg in The Killing Fields (1984), Bale's Westerner is on hand to record the seismic events taking place around him. The genocide of the Armenians in 1915 remains a hot button topic and a highly controversial subject, so expect this one to feature on news pages as well as cinema listings when it nears release.
There is no release date for the film as yet.