Screening of “The Red Violin”
February 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Red Violin (1998) A Canada/UK/Italy Co-production. English with French subtitles. 2 hours 10 minutes. Director: François Girard; Screenplay: Don McKellar, François Girard; Music: John Corigliano (solos performed by Joshua Bell); Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Carlo Cecchi, Jason Flemyng, Greta Scacchi, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Sylvia Chang and Don McKellar.
Storyline: The intricate history of a beautiful antique violin is traced from its creation in Cremona, Italy, in 1681, where a legendary violin maker paints it with his dead wife’s blood to keep her memory alive, to an auction house in modern-day Montreal, where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser. The film spans four centuries and five countries as it tells the story of a mysterious red-coloured violin which has a profound impact on all those who own it. The story is inspired by a historic 1720 Stradivarius violin nicknamed the “Red Mendelssohn”.
The Red Violin received numerous honours, including the Academy Award for Best Original Score and 8 Genie Awards including Best Motion Picture.