HanWay Films has unveiled a trailer for the film The Song of Names, an emotional drama that spans two continents and half a century. This just premiered at the Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals, and will be opening in the US on Christmas Day at the end of this year.
The Song of Names tells the story of a prodigy violinist from Poland, who moves to London to study music at the beginning of WWII. The film splits the time between his youth, and years later when him and his British friend are both adults.
Tim Roth stars as the adult Martin, attempting to find his friend Dovidl who disappeared years ago. Clive Owen also co-stars, with a cast including Jonah Hauer-King, Gerran Howell, Catherine McCormack, Saul Rubinek, Richard Bremmer, Misha Handley, Luke Doyle, and Eddie Izzard.
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.
The Song of Names is directed by filmmaker François Girard (director of the films Cargo, The Red Violin, Silk, Boychoir and Hochelaga: Land of Souls). The screenplay is written by Jeffrey Caine, based on the book "Why Mahler?" by Norman Lebrecht.
Critics agree, The Song of Names “it's a lovely film, with a gorgeous music and strong emotions”.
Prorom will release The Song Of Names in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary in 2020.
Sources: FirstShowing, Collider.