For Toronto resident film-buffs, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) offers the chance to see tomorrows movies, and if you’re lucky enough to land a ticket, attend star-studded gala presentations and industry parties.
Just announced, Ludwig Van columnist and author Norman Lebrecht will be getting the Hollywood treatment with the world premiere of the film adaptation of The Song of Names on September 8. Directed by French-Canadian director François Girard, and backed by a score by Howard Shore, the Crave Original and Bell Media Studios WWII detective drama stars Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard, and Max Macmillan.
The story centres around a man in search of his childhood friend — a violin prodigy orphaned in the Holocaust who disappears on the day of his debut. The 40-year saga explores friendship, betrayal, the horrors of war and the Holocaust while revealing the stories often lost to history.
With credits including The Red Violin (1998) and Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), François Girard is no stranger to music-themed movie making. The Song of Names will mark his first foray into a period mystery drama grounded in music.
The 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 through 15, 2019.
Lebrecht’s original award-winning novel is available for purchase here.
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