From the director of THE RED VIOLIN and 32 SHORT FILMS ABOUT GLENN GOULD comes another enthralling drama with music at its core. Directed by François Girard and adapted from the novel by Norman Lebrecht, THE SONG OF NAMES stars Tim Roth and Clive Owen as Martin and Dovidl, two friends whose relationship begins as boys during WWII. A talented violinist from a Jewish family, Dovidl escapes the fate of his loved ones in Poland by coming to live with Martin’s family in London but Dovidl’s disappearance on the eve of his first public performance is one in a dramatic series of events Martin only discovers decades later. Handsomely mounted and deeply moving, Girard’s film preserves the gravity and power in Lebrecht’s saga of music, grief and remembrance.
François Girard (born January 12, 1963) is a French-Canadian director and screenwriter. Born in Quebec, Girard’s career began on the Montreal art video circuit. In 1990, he produced his first feature film, Cargo; he attained international recognition following his 1993 Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, a series of vignettes about the life of piano prodigy Glenn Gould. In 1998, he wrote and directed The Red Violin, which follows the ownership of a red violin over several centuries. The Red Violin won an Academy Award for Best Original Score, thirteen Genie Awards and nine Jutra Awards.