The Song of Names
True North | Panorama | Special Presentations
Directed by veteran Quebecois filmmaker François Girard (The Red Violin, Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould) and based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht, The Song of Names is the powerful, mysterious, and ultimately inspirational story of two unlikely childhood friends: Dovidl (Luke Doyle), a musical prodigy from Poland whose parents were killed in the Holocaust, and Martin (Misha Handley), the only child of the wealthy British man who adopted the orphan. Girard’s powerful fable takes place over three decades as adult Martin (Tim Roth), possessed with an unquenchable desire to find his friend, attempts to explain why Dovidl, astonishingly, disappeared the night of the concert that was to secure his fame.
Featuring exquisite original music, profoundly lived-in performances (Clive Owen also stars, giving one of his best turns in recent memory), but most of all a timely, touching, and frequently surprising story, The Song of Names is, at once, an ode to those lost and a call to never forget.