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About the Eastside Opening Film

Presales have ended for the 6:30 (Early Show) | Standby line tickets released before the show after pass holders enter only (first come).

French novelist Romain Gary, born Roman Kacew (also known by the pen name Émile Ajar), was raised by a single mother in Vilna, Warsaw, and Nice in the turbulent interwar years. This epic, sweeping film adaptation of Gary’s successful 1960 autobiographical novel brings his story to life with rich quirky detail, pathos, humor, and plenty of action. Gary served as a bombardier observer in WWII and was no stranger to love affairs and grand gestures (even challenging Clint Eastwood to a duel later in life). Pierre Niney (YVES SAINT LAURENT) perfectly embodies the melancholic mama’s boy, tortured artist, and war hero; but Charlotte Gainsbourg (MELANCHOLIA) shines, cast against type as Romain’s scrappy, determined, and often-overbearing Jewish mother – the woman who shaped his life, career, and mindset.

About the Event

This year, we screen two shows, early and late, to accommodate everyone. Attendees receive a $10 gift card toward their purchase from Cinebarre's full-menu venue. Have a drink, some popcorn, a discounted dinner or fries on us!

Director Bio

Eric Barbier was born in 1960. He is a writer and director, known for LE BRASIER (1991), PROMISE AT DAW N(2017) and THE LAST DIAMOND (2014).

promise at dawn poster

Film Details:

Director: Eric Barbier
Country: France, Belgium
Language: French, Polish, Spanish w/subtitles
Running Time: 131m
Year: 2017
Genre: Narrative
Original Title: La promesse de l'aube
Rating/Warning: R – nudity, violence, sex, war


  • Romain Gary (born Roman Kacew, pen name Émile Ajar)
  • autobiography
  • literary adaptation
  • WWII
  • France
  • Jewish mother