Venice Film Festival: Rebecca Hall’s ‘Promise’ Wows Buyers Before Premiere

Venice Film Festival: Rebecca Hall’s ‘Promise’ Wows Buyers Before Premiere
Just ahead of its world premiere at Venice, Patrice Leconte’s ambitious English-language debut, “A Promise,” has already drawn a flurry of buyers.

Paris-based outfit Wild Bunch, which reps the Rebecca Hall starrer in international markets, has closed more than 20 territories with distributors, notably Mars Distribution (France), Japan (Comstock), Australia and N.Z. (Vendetta), Officine Ubu (Italy), Lusomundo (Portugal) and Frenetic (Switzerland).

The pic was co-written by Leconte and Jerome Tonnerre (“Renoir”), adapted from Stefan Zweig’s novella “Journey Into the Past.”

Set in Germany just before Wwi, “A Promise” toplines Hall as the wife an older, wealthy man (Alan Rickman) who falls hopelessly in love with a young and ambitious engineer from a modest background (Richard Madden), who is Rickman’s personal secretary. The pair engage in passionate liaison and when war breaks out, they promise to go on loving each other.

Leconte described the film as “an intimate,
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