I’ve been bingeing WWI documentaries and historical specials like crazy since I’ve been laid up. Honestly; what I know about The Great War couldn’t fill a thimble. (THANK YOU, Montgomery County Scools!) So, when I was asked if I wanted to partner with the studio to give passes away for a film set in and around World War I, I jumped at it. Synopsis!
It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, 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 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 (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. 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. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.
Promises are made and promises are broken. The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.
The whole “Istanbul”/”Constantinople” re-naming has always been intriguing to me. And let’s not even get started on Byzantium… Passe? Let’s go!
What: ADMIT TWO passes for the Baltimore area screening of The Promise!
When: Wednesday April 19th
Where: Cinemark Egyptian
Why: *insert promise pun here*
How: Clicky! http://www.gofobo.com/promiseaf
REMEMBER: seating for screenings are always first come, first served and not guaranteed. So get there early to get yourself a seat.
Good luck, everyone!