Gala Presentation: The Song of Names



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A bold journey through friendship, betrayal and reconciliation, The Song of Names is an emotional detective story spread over two continents and half a century, culminating in a song that speaks the unspeakable. As Europe erupts into World War II, 9-year-old Martin comes to love his new brother Dovidl, a highly gifted violin prodigy and Polish-Jewish refugee to London. But hours before Dovidl’s debut concert performance at the age of 21, he vanishes without a trace. A lifetime later, a young violinist shows a 56-year-old Martin (Tim Roth) a stylistic flourish that could only have been taught by Dovidl (Clive Owen). This triggers Martin’s odyssey in search of his lost brother, one that will lead to surprising revelations. Directed by François Girard (The Red Violin), and based on Norman Lebrecht’s novel, The Song of Names shows that within the darkest of mysteries, sometimes only music has the power to illuminate the truth, heal and redeem.

Director:  François Girard
Writer:  Jeffrey Caine
Producers:  Nick Hirschkorn, Lyse Lafontaine, Robert Lantos
Cast:  Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard, Saul Rubinek
Cinematographer:  David Franco
Editor: Michel Arcand
Country:  Canada
Province:  ON
Language:  English
Subtitle:  Partial
Runtime:  113 minutes