Toronto Film Festival will premiere The Song of Names

Toronto Film Festival will premiere The Song of Names


norman lebrecht

July 26, 2019

The Francois Girard film of my novel The Song of Names, with Tim Roth and Clive Owen in the key roles, will have its gala world premiere on September 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced last night.

Sony Pictures have bought distribution rights for the United States and will release the film in October.

Decca have bought soundtrack rights to Howard Shore’s marvellous score.

Robert Lantos is the lead producer.

Lots more credits to roll. And incredible performances from the boy actors.

Me, I just wrote the book.



  • Esther Cavett says:

    I read the book and loved it. When do you guess the film might be released in London ?

  • Jeffrey Caine says:

    Your information is more up-to-date than mine, Norman, so thanks. Me, I just wrote the screenplay.

  • R. Brite says:

    Congratulations! It sounds fascinating. I look forward to seeing it.

  • Joseph Trivers says:

    Congratulations. I haven’t read the novel yet, but the talent involved in the film is staggering. I’m especially pleased about François Girard’s direction, as sensitive a director he’s been in the past for films about music.

  • caryn says:

    Norman, this is fantastic news!

  • Allan Leicht says:

    Mazal Tov! And well deserved.

  • Anthea kreston says:

    This is so exciting!!!!! It’s one of my absolutely most favorite books. Congratulations, Norman!

  • Marc says:

    It doesn’t seem to be at Crave yet, anyway.