‘The Song of Names’ coming to DStv Box Office this July

The Song of Names. (Photo: Sony Pictures Classic/Supplied)
The Song of Names. (Photo: Sony Pictures Classic/Supplied)
  • The Song of Names, a film about a Jewish child violin prodigy, will be available to South African audience from next month.
  • One of the executive producers on the film is well-known South African filmmaker, Anant Singh.
  • South Africans can stream the film from 3 July on DStv Box Office. 


The Song of Names directed by Academy Award nominee François Girard (The Red Violin,Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould) and based on Norman Lebrecht's acclaimed novel of the same name is releasing to South African audiences this July.

Executive produced by iconic South African filmmaker Anant Singh (Place of Weeping, Sarafina! and Cry, the Beloved Country) the film stars Tim Roth, Clive Owen, and Catherine McCormack. 

Set in Europe, during World War II it tells the story of Martin, a nine-year-old boy, that takes a liking to his new adopted brother, Dovidl. 

Dovidl is a miracle violin player of his age and has just arrived in London as a refugee. After a few years, before giving a concert at age 21, Dovidl disappears without a trace, bringing shame 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.

The Los Angeles Times called it "a profound, affecting and beautifully told chronicle of faith, family, obsession and the language of music," while The Hollywood Reporter said, "Show-stopping musical performance."

As cinemas are still closed as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, the film will be available on the DStv’s Box Office platform from 3 July 2020.

Watch the trailer here:

Compiled by Herman Eloff