113 minutes – Drama, World War II, Music
Festival release date: September 2019 (TIFF, World Premiere)
Release date: December 25, 2019 (Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal)
Canadian distributor: Elevation Pictures
U.S. distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Based on the book by Norman Lebrecht, The Song of Names is set just as Europe erupts into World War II. We meet 9 year old Martin who loves his new adopted brother Dovidl, a highly gifted violin prodigy of the same age and a recent Polish-Jewish refugee to London. The years pass, and then, just hours before Dovidl’s debut concert performance at the age of 21 he vanishes without a trace, causing shame and ruin for their family. A lifetime later, a young violinist shows Martin, now 56-years-old, a stylistic flourish that could only have been taught by Dovidl. This triggers Martin’s odyssey overseas in search of his lost brother, one that will lead to surprising revelations for both men and for Helen, the woman who stood between them. A Song of Names is an epic detective story spread over two continents and half a century, it is a bold journey through friendship, betrayal and reconciliation culminating in the titular The Song of Names, in a film that shows that within the darkest mysteries sometimes only music has the power to illuminate the truth, heal and redeem.
A Song of Names was selected to have a Gala Presentation for its World Premiere at TIFF 2019.