Chiltern Arts Festival 2023
The Red Violin: Film Screening
Directed by François Girard, starring Samuel L Jackson, Carlo Cecchi and Sylvia Chang, and featuring Joshua Bell as soloist on the soundtrack, this 1998 drama traces the intricate journey of a unique, red-hued violin, the creation of a master craftsman in Cremona, Italy, in 1681.
With a story woven together by a Tarot card reading for the maker’s pregnant wife, we follow the mysterious instrument through its various owners to an auction house in modern-day Montreal where, thanks to the work of an expert appraiser (Jackson), we learn its true history. Over the years, the violin travels the world and has a profound impact on all who own it.
“A sensual pleasure to hear, and to watch the film on screen… an intellectual pleasure to mull the complex themes afterwards. This is filmmaking of the highest order.”
“Like the immaculate instrument it follows, “The Red Violin” is a piece of filmmaking fully refined by the hands of someone who believed in the material, and the effect it leaves us with is one of transcendence.”