The Promise is narrated in the background of last days of the Ottoman Empire and is a love triangle between Michael (Oscar Isaac), an intelligent medical student, the attractive and sophisticated Ana (Charlotte le Bon) and Chris (Christian Bale), who is a famous American journalist based in Paris.
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 (Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerised by his love for Ana (Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. The Promise is directed by Terry George (of Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road, The Shore), from a screenplay by Terry George and Robin Swicord.
Apart from the lead actors, a big line-up of supporting actors are expected to be present on the red carpet in Toronto. The live streaming of the movie began at 8:45 p.m. according to ET on Sunday, September 11.
Musician and songwriter, Cornell composed the title track for The Promise. According to SUN, he says, “I’ve done enough of them now. I know there’s going to be difficult moments and there will be some moments where everything seems to come together . And then I realize ‘That was awful,’ and I’ll start over from scratch. You know the problem I run into the most is, ‘Am I the right guy for this? Is there a different guy who could tell this story better? And then I get the determination.”
Meanwhile, Le Bon says,“Every day to get work with those beautiful and talented men, I mean I felt like I was going to school every day,” she said. “And I was very, very intimidated by them in the first place but then I got to meet them a little bit more and they’re so funny and so professional and so intense and it’s so dense that you get to learn so quickly. It’s amazing.”