On April 5 one of screening rooms of London’s Soho hotel was full of guests. Representatives of the UK government and parliament, well-known British media outlets, cultural, community and business circles, diplomats and ambassador brought their participation. Private screening of “The Promise” has gathered them, which was held under the sponsorship of Armen Sarkissian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the United Kingdom, and in partnership with film’s production group.
“The Promise” is a historical drama about the Armenian Genocide, which was brought into life in partnership with the fund established by Armenian businessman Kirk Kirkorian and by his order. Director is Terry George, and shooting was implemented by the Survival Pictures. This feature film, producers of which are Eric Esrailian, Mark Medavoy and William Horberg are in the center of attention of not only Armenian, but world audience as well. And this isn’t quite accidental at all, as prominent actors and actresses like Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac nominated for Golden Globe, French Charlotte Le Bon and Jean Reno starred in the movie.
Film director Terry George, producer Eric Esrailian, actors Shohreh Aghdashloo and James Cromwell, as well as Chris Cornell, author of the solo track “The Promise” were present in London premiere. Special guests Baroness Valerie Ann Amos, Director of SOAS, University of London, lawyer Amal Clooney, specializing in international law and human rights, and Hollywood well-known actor George Clooney brought their participation to the premiere as well.
Prior to the screening producer Eric Esrailian welcomed the guests, who particularly thanked Ambassador Aram Sarkissian for organization of the event, as well as reflected to the process of film creation and carried out works. Seconds later guests were watching the film, which from the very first minutes caught with high-level producing, flawless acting and accuracy of historical facts.
Thus, not accidentally, right after the screening the hall burst in applause, and eyes of many guests were full with tears and admiration. One thing was obvious: “The Promise” attracted everyone despite nationality and occupation. It’s above suspicion that the movie will yet manage to admire many, as Armen Sarkissian said this film is about human values.
By Armine Vardanyan