Exclusive to DSTV’s Box Office from 3 July
The Song of Names: Videovision Entertainment’s evocative new film about the extraordinary bond of friendship and music set against the backdrop of the second World War, will be released exclusively on the Box Office platform of DSTV from Friday 3 July 2020.
Durban’s Anant Singh, who was Executive Producer on the film, is excited to introduce this astonishing story which can be enjoyed in the comfort and safety of one’s own home. As a response to Covid-19 restrictions and precautions, Videovision Entertainment will release The Song of Names exclusively on the Box Office platform of DSTV, launching on Friday 3 July 2020.
Music brought them together; time would tear them apart; a mysterious disappearance, and an obsessive search. Martin Simmonds has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his ‘brother’ and extraordinary best friend, 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 (Tim Roth) 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.
In Europe during World War II, Martin, a nine year old boy, takes a liking to his newly- adopted “brother” Dovidl – is a miracle violin-playing prodigy who just has arrived in London as a refugee. After a few years, shortly before giving a concert when he is 21, Dovidl disappears without a trace, bringing shame, confusion and ruin to his adoptive family. Years later, when Martin is 56 years old, a young violinist shows a style that only Dovidl could have taught. Filmed in Canada and Hungary, the film is directed by Academy Award® nominee, Francois Girard (The Red Violin, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould) and stars Clive Owen and Tim Roth in the two brothers, with Catherine McCormack and Eddie Izzard. At the heart of the film is music with the score composed by Grammy and Academy Award® winner, Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gangs of New York, The Aviator), and solo violin performed by Ray Chen.
The film, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, has received critical acclaim with the Los Angeles Times saying, “It’s a profound, affecting and beautifully told chronicle of faith, family, obsession and the language of music,” while The Hollywood Reporter said the film was a “Show-stopping musical performance.”
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