“The Song of Names” Acquired by Sony Pictures


Producer Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point Films, Sony Pictures Classics and Gabrielle Stewart of HanWay Films jointly announce Sony Pictures Classics’ acquisition of THE SONG OF NAMES for the U.S.

Oscar nominees Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) and Clive Owen (Children of Men) star in THE SONG OF NAMES, directed by François Girard (The Red Violin).  Screenplay is by Oscar nominee Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener), based on the award-winning novel by music scholar Norman Lebrecht with an original score by Oscar winner Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings).  Producers are Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises), Lyse Lafontaine (Mommy) and Nick Hirschkorn (Five Children and It).

A bold journey through friendship, betrayal and reconciliation, THE SONG OF NAMES is an emotional detective story spread over two continents and half a century, culminating in the titular Song.  The film shows that within the darkest of mysteries sometimes only music has the power to illuminate the truth, heal and redeem.

Producer Robert Lantos commented, “This is my sixth collaboration with Michael Barker and Tom Bernard.  They are the champions of quality cinema and the perfect partners for our film.”

Sony Pictures Classics said, “THE SONG OF NAMES is one of those emotionally rich stories that defies description.  Filial love surviving the jaws of history by way of the spiritual magic of music.   François Girard is the perfect director here, expanding what he achieved with his classic ‘The Red Violin’. This movie promises to be one of producer Robert Lantos’ finest. It is a pleasure to be working with him again and our friends at HanWay and Ingenious. Audiences are sure to embrace this one at year’s end.”

Gabrielle Stewart, Managing Director of HanWay Films stated, “THE SONG OF NAMES is a collaboration between so much talent with at its core extraordinary and powerful music. We look forward to partnering with SPC and launching a true piece of Cinema.”

Director François Girard said, “I am thrilled to be working with Sony Classics. Our film couldn’t be in better hands than Michael Barker and Tom Bernard.”