Dovidl is a Polish Jew and a violin prodigy who, during the Second World War, comes to study in London. He lives with a gentile family, initially attracting the jealousy of Martin, his host’s son. But what starts out as an unusual coming-of-age story soon morphs into something much darker and deeper, when Dovidl disappears on the eve of his first major concert. Then, 40 years on, an adult Martin (Roth) embarks on a country-crossing detective hunt to establish exactly what happened to his adopted brother (Owen). A musically marvellous historic saga by Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin), this is also a terrific adaptation of Norman Lebrecht’s acclaimed first novel, which won the Whitbread Award.
Followed by a Q&A with director François Girard.
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