by Aleksei Arbuzov
translated by Ariadne Nicolaeff
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8 p.m.
Friday, December 6, 2013, 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 8 p.m.
Paul Moser, director
Sheltering together to survive the siege of Leningrad, three Soviet teens share their dreams of brilliant futures. The girl wants to be a doctor, one of the boys longs to write poetry, and the other chooses to be an engineer so he can repair his country. Over the next 17 years, the intricacies of the trio's relationships are traced in the rising and falling of their hopes, their romantic yearnings, disillusionments, betrayals, and reunions. Illuminated by their love for each other, and filled with a deep sense of humanity, The Promise breathes a truth and optimism all its own.