Two of the most exciting aspects of the Toronto International Film Festival are the gala presentations (everyone loves a good party!) and the chance to shine a light on Canadian talent. This year, we’re once again getting a healthy dose of both with the presentation of the Crave Original and Bell Media Studios drama, The Song of Names by French-Canadian director François Girard.
Bell Media Studios announced Tuesday that the Clive Owen and Tim Roth-led detective film will have a gala screening at the festival ahead of its theatrical run, after which it will stream exclusively on Crave. The film is produced by Canadian film producer Robert Lantos and Bell Media President Randy Lennox, among others.
The drama will join other Bell Media Studios offerings at TIFF including the recently-announced opening night film, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, a documentary exploring the life and legacy of Canadian musician Robbie Robertson.
The Song of Names, based on the novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht, is an emotional detective story spanning two continents and half a century. It tells the story of two young boys growing up in WWII-era London and the mystery that unfolds when one, a gifted violin prodigy, disappears the day of his musical debut. What follows is a 40-year saga which explores the horrors of war and the Holocaust while revealing the stories often lost to history. The film stars Owen and Roth as well as Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard and relative newcomer Max Macmillan.
Coming from a background writing and directing Cirque du Soleil shows, not to mention helming The Red Violin (1998) and Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), Quebec-born Girard is known for the unique way he mixes music and storytelling and this film promises to deliver the same stirring impact.
Song of Names will stream exclusively on Crave following a theatrical run.
The 44thToronto International Film Festival runs September 5-15, 2019.