Quiver Distribution and Fathom Events Announce the Exclusive Nationwide Cinema Premiere of IRENA’S VOW on April 15th and April 16th

Published by Fathom Events on Mar 28, 2024 4:46 PM

Based on the Incredible True Story of Irena Gut Opdyke

** Watch the official trailer here **

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – March 7, 2024 – Quiver Distribution announced today a partnership with Fathom Events for an exclusive nationwide cinema premiere of IRENA’S VOW, the incredible true story of Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic nurse who – through extraordinary courage – risked her life to help hide Jews persecuted by Nazi Germany during WWII. The film debuts on April 15th and April 16th in theaters across the country. Each screening will be accompanied by exclusive video footage featuring Jeannie Smith, Irena’s real-life daughter, Roman Haller, the baby that was conceived and born in captivity, Dan Gordon, the incredible screenwriter and storyteller, Sophie Nélisse, the actress who portrays Irena, and the director herself – Louise Archambault.

Directed by Louise Archambault, and starring Sophie Nélisse (“Yellowjackets,” 47 Meters Down: Uncaged), Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2, “Batwoman”), Andrezej Seweryn (Schindler’s List) and Maciek Nawrocki (Banksters), IRENA’S VOW is told through the eyes of strong-willed, 19-year-old Irena Gut Opdyke, and represents the triumphs of the human spirit in a time of devastating tragedy. Irena is promoted to housekeeper in the home of a highly respected Nazi officer when she finds out that the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated. Determined to help Jewish workers, she decides to shelter them in the safest place she can think of – the basement of the German Major’s house. Over the next two years, Irena used her wit, humor, and courage to hide her friends until the end of the German occupation, concealing them amid countless Nazi parties, a blackmail scheme, and even the birth of a child. Her story is one of the most inspiring of our time. The film was written by Dan Gordon (Wyatt Earp, Passenger 57, The Hurricane), who also wrote the Broadway play of the same name which starred four-time Tony nominee, Tovah Feldshuh.

Recognition for Irene:

  • The Israeli Holocaust Commission honored Irene as a Righteous Among the Nations; a title given to non-Jews who risked their lives by saving Jews during the Holocaust.
  • Irena was presented with the Medal of Honor, Israel’s highest tribute, in a ceremony at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
  • The Vatican has also given Irena a special commendation.
  • Irena’s story is part of a permanent exhibit in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
  • In 2008 Irena was posthumously presented the Commanders Cross – the Polish Medal of Honor, given by the President and First Lady of Poland.
  • In 2009 Irena was posthumously presented with the Courage to Care award by the Anti-Defamation League in a special ceremony in Washington DC.

Tickets and a list of participating theater locations are available at www.FathomEvents.com.

“IRENA’S VOW is such a powerful and moving story,” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events.  “We are not only proud of our partnership to show this film but also the ability to give audiences the added video piece with Irena’s daughter, the star, the director and more.  It gives the film a deeper perspective and audiences will definitely find value in it.”

“From the moment we read the script over seven years ago, we were determined to find a way to make IRENA’S VOW a reality.  Little did we know how much more important Irena’s story would be today amid the massive increase in Jewish hatred and bigotry around the world, said Jeff Sackman and Berry Meyerowitz, co-Presidents, Quiver Distribution.  “Irena’s story is a beacon for bringing our communities together to see goodness and humanity in action.”

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit FathomEvents.com.

About Quiver Distribution

Quiver Distribution is a film production, acquisition and distribution company operating in the U.S., Canada and international markets focused on developing and distributing high-quality, talent-driven films. Founded by entertainment industry veterans Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman, Quiver Distribution focuses on curating a highly selective film slate from both established and emerging talent, allowing for distinctly tailored campaigns and a filmmaker first approach.

The company recently produced and released the Netflix Original Happiness for Beginners with Ellie Kemper and Luke Grimes as well as The Wrath of Becky with Lulu Wilson and Seann William Scott, the sequel to the hit 2020 film Becky, and the Neil LaBute thriller Fear the Night starring Maggie Q. Quiver just released Mario Van Peebles’ western, Outlaw Posse, in theaters across the U.S.


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Quiver Distribution and Fathom Events Announce the Exclusive Nationwide Cinema Premiere of  IRENA’S VOW   on April 15th and April 16th