Toronto International Film Festival - 2019
Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left. An emotional story spread over two continents and half a century, the film shows that within the darkest of mysteries sometimes only music has the power to illuminate the truth, heal and redeem.
Based on the novel The Song Of Names by Norman Lebrecht.
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François Girard was born in Quebec in 1963. Best known for his movie writing and directing (Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin, Silk...), Girard also directed a number of plays and operas including Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. He also wrote and directed two Cirque du Soleil shows; Zed and Zarkana.
Born in London in 1944, Jeffrey Caine was educated at the Universities of Sussex and Leeds, where he obtained degrees in Philosophy and English. He taught English in schools and colleges for three years before becoming a professional writer. After writing mainly for British television between 1986 and 1992, he has since concentrated on screenplays, working with directors Richard Attenborough and Ridley Scott, among others. His produced screenplays include Goldeneye (1995); Inside I'm Dancing (2004); The Constant Gardener (2005); and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). Inside I'm Dancing won an IFTA Script Award in 2004; The Constant Gardener was nominated for Academy and BAFTA Awards.
The Song of Names
Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Hungary
Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack, Jonah Hauer-King, Gerran Howell, Luke Doyle, Misha Handley