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The Song of Names

Starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen, François Girard’s riveting period drama is a musical odyssey and historical detective story set against the backdrop of the Holocaust.

Dir François Girard
Prod Robert Lantos, Lyse Lafontaine, Nick Herschkorn
Scr Jeffrey Caine
With Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack
Canada-Hungary
2019
111min
Sales HanWay Films

Dovidl is an Polish Jew and a violin prodigy who, during the Second World War, comes to study in London. He lives with a gentile family, initially attracting the jealousy of Martin, his host’s son. But what starts out as an unusual coming-of-age story soon morphs into something much darker and deeper, when Dovidl disappears on the eve of his first major concert. Then, 40 years on, an adult Martin (Roth) embarks on a country-crossing detective hunt to establish exactly what happened to his adopted brother (Owen). A musically marvellous historic saga by Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin), this is also a terrific adaptation of Norman Lebrecht’s acclaimed first novel, which won the Whitbread Award.

Adrian Wootton 

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • François Girard, director; Robert Lantos, producer.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can’t guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Filmmakers’ attendance made possible thanks to the Québec Government Office in London.

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