The Song of Names


Sneak Peeks

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
7 PM @ Lightbox Film Center at International House

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General Admission: $12 | *Students: $6 | *I-House Residents/Lightbox Film Center Members: $6

*Because student/I-House/Lightbox Member ID is required, tickets may only be purchased in-person.

Director: François Girard
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Canada/Hungary
Year: 2019
Running Time: 1 hr 53 min
Language: English and Polish with English subtitles

Sponsored by: Harris and Debra Devor

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, brief sexual material, thematic elements and smoking

Philadelphia Premiere
Award-winning actors Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in this exceptionally acted, emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century.

Directed by François Girard (The Red Violin, Land of Souls), this sweeping historical drama follows Martin (Roth), a man searching for his childhood best friend, Dovidl (Owen) — a Polish violin prodigy orphaned during the Holocaust who vanished decades before on the evening of his first public concert. When Dovidl doesn’t perform, Martin and his father are left to tell the packed audience that the performance will not go on. Years later, while serving as a judge in a musical competition, Martin discovers a young student playing in Dovidl’s unique style. The triggering encounter sends him on a transcontinental search that reveals elements of his dear friend’s tormented life — an existence Martin could not have fathomed at the time.

Set against exquisite music and a backdrop of sweeping historic events, this riveting tale of family, ambition, and friendship still resonates as it focuses on the tragic circumstances of those displaced by war and forces far beyond their control.


Official Selection:

  • San Sebastian Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival