Gabriel Yared has composed the music for the upcoming romantic drama A Promise. The film is directed by Patrice Leconte (The Widow of Saint-Pierre, Monsieur Hire) and stars Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall and Richard Madden. The movie based on Stefan Zweig’s novella Journey into the Past is set in Germany just before WWI and centers on an older, wealthy man who falls hopelessly in love with her husband’s teacher. When the war breaks out and they are separated, they pledge their devotion to one another. The drama marks the English language feature debut of Leconte who has also co-written the screenplay with Jerome Tonnerre (Renoir, Intimate Strangers). Marc Missonnier & Olivier Delbosc (The Next Three Days, Swimming Pool, Enter the Void) are producing the project for Fidelite Films. A Promise is expected to be released later this year in France. No word yet on a domestic distribution deal.
Yared is also scoring the upcoming French-Canadian drama Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme). The film is directed by Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Laurence Always, Heartbeats) who also stars in the film alongside Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy and Evelyne Brochu. The movie based on a play by Michel-Marc Bouchard follows a gay man who attends his lover’s funeral only to learn that none of his friends and family knew of the deceased’s sexuality nor their relationship. Dolan has co-written the screenplay with Bouchard and is also producing the project with Charles Gillibert & Nathanaël Karmitz (On the Road, Certified Copy). Tom at the Farm is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month.
As previously reported, the Academy Award-winning composer has also scored the romantic thriller Therese starring Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Lange and Tom Felton. Since our last update, the film was picked up by LD Entertainment for a domestic theatrical release on September 27, 2013.