Shooting has kicked off in Rome on Amanda Sthers’ Promises
- Pierfrancesco Favino and Kelly Reilly lead the cast of this film, which the French director and writer has adapted from her own international bestseller
Following on from 2017’s Holy Lands [+see also:
film profile], which was shot between Israel and Belgium and starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Efrat Dor and James Caan in its cast, Amanda Sthers is stepping behind the camera once again to film Promises, a work based upon the French director and writer’s international bestseller of the same name, which was published by Grasset in 2015.
Shooting on English-language work Promises has been underway in Rome for a few days now, with the set scheduled to move on to the Lazio coast and to London over the next seven weeks. Leading the cast is Italy’s Pierfrancesco Favino (honoured with an award at the most recent Venice Film Festival for his part in Padrenostro [+see also:
interview: Claudio Noce
film profile]) alongside Brit Kelly Reilly (seen in this year’s Eight for Silver [+see also:
film profile]), who are joined by Jean Reno (seen last year in The Last Journey of Paul W.R., Rogue City [+see also:
film profile] and Da 5 Bloods), Ginnie Watson, Cara Theobold, Deepak Verma and Kris Marshall.
“Together, Favino and Reilly are the quintessential film couple, transporting our story into a timeless dimension", enthuses the director, who has lived in Los Angeles for some time now. “I grew up watching films from all corners of the globe. I favour talent above all else. I wanted this film to express an emotion which affects us all and for this choice to be reflected in the cast”. Speaking of the movie, she adds: “I spent three years writing the book and it took another five to turn it into a screenplay, probably because it’s not at all easy summing-up a lifetime. Promises reveals one man’s entire life, the essence of time passing by, and what it is that really matters, when all is said and done: the pain experienced in childhood which shapes you, the nights where you danced like there was no tomorrow, true friendships which act as links, either bringing us closer or suffocating us, depending on what we’re currently going through, your wedding photo which you have to pack away in a moving box as if you were putting a part of yourself to one side, and love, the great love story you could have experienced if only you’d turned left instead of right”.
Besides the afore-mentioned Holy Lands which was also based on one of her novels, Amanda Sthers’ offerings as a director and screenwriter include Madame [+see also:
film profile] (2017) starring Toni Colette and Harvey Keitel, and 2009’s You’ll Miss Me [+see also:
film profile] featuring Carole Bouquet and Pierre Arditi.
(Translated from Italian)
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