The unbelievable life of Romain Gary - author of the bestselling French novel of the 20th Century - comes to the screen in this kaleidoscopic biopic for the first time ever: a man of many loves and many lives.
FULL PRODUCTION CAST ANNOUNCEMENT WINTER 2021
Produced by LIVING TIME MOTION PICTURES Limited
Romain Gary leads not one life but many. He is a war hero aviator (decorated with every medal that France could offer him), a literary great who wins his country's supreme literary prize twice, a top-level diplomat representing his country before the United Nations - as well as being Hollywood screenwriter and director, author of The Life Before Me, winner of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. At the same time as being a celebrity, Gary was a family man - husband of tragic screen heroine Jean Seberg, with whom he had a son. Yet in pursuit of self-reinvention Romain Gary went far beyond what other authors would ever consider - the price of leading a secret double-life as an author more famous and respected than himself, led to a tragic destiny.
MAN OF PROMISE The True Story of a Man of Many Lives.
Reality is not an inspiration for literature.
At its best,
literature is an inspiration for reality.
THE MANY LIVES OF ROMAIN GARY
Best-known for his decade of marriage to screen actress Jean Seberg, Romain Gary commits suicide one year after her though he has already lead several different lives before they meet and will lead many more...
Born into ethnic poverty yet learning six languages as a child, by 1945 Romain Gary had become an idolized French war hero - that same year emerging as a new literary sensation with début novel 'Forest of Anger'. Gary wins France's supreme literary award - Le Prix Goncourt - in 1956.
Disease-carrying thoughts swarm and multiply in the dark and twisted labyrinths of our minds, and all that is needed is a mob and a good political slogan for the epidemic to be spread once again, with a burst of automatic weapons or a mushroom cloud.
At the same time as composing some of the modern classics of World Literature during his 30s and 40s, Gary was pursuing a career of high-ranking international diplomat - French Consul in Geneva, New York then LA, and Secretary of France's Delegation to the United Nations.
He mounts the peaks of Higher Hollywood society - lunches with JFK; Seberg and Gary are European Taylor-Burtons. However, no amount of success is able to bring them happiness. Hollywood sows doubts and puts a marriage in peril - together they share a son they love equally.
I see History as a relay race in which one of us, before dropping in his tracks, must carry one stage further the challenge of being a man.
Disillusioned with his own writings, Gary re-creates himself in France as 'Emile Ajar', exploding onto the scene as France's fresh, new author and winning a second Prix Goncourt - a breach of the rules as an author can win only once. His secret will pursue him relentlessly, to the end.
The shooting locations Vilnius, Warsaw, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, London, Geneva, New York & Hollywood have already been confirmed. Location Scouting Complete. Casablanca, St. Petersburg: Clearance Pending.
MAN OF PROMISE shooting commences 2021 in line with national Coronavirus restrictions. Preliminary Edit completing Spring 2022 - Advance Premiere Screenings: Hollywood, Paris, Warsaw, Cannes, Vilnius - 2022.
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