The Red Violin


2h 11m 1998

Brief Synopsis

A magical red violin passes around the world from owner to owner. It originates in Italy, where its maker's wife dies in childbirth; next it surfaces in the eighteenth century as the instrument of a child prodigy. In the nineteenth century, we find ourselves in England, where the violin's owner, a c

Film Details

Also Known As
Den röda fiolen, Red Violin
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
LIONSGATE/T+L+FILM CANADA; Lionsgate
Location
Montreal, Quebec, Canada; United States; China; Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom; Vienna, Austria; Cremona, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 11m

Synopsis

A magical red violin passes around the world from owner to owner. It originates in Italy, where its maker's wife dies in childbirth; next it surfaces in the eighteenth century as the instrument of a child prodigy. In the nineteenth century, we find ourselves in England, where the violin's owner, a composer, is having a passionate affair. Finally, it is taken to 20th century China, where it must be hidden to prevent its destruction by Maoists.

Cast

Judity Kalser

Florentin Groll

Don Mckellar

Marie-josee Gauthier

Carlo Cecchi

Greta Scacchi

Piero Ferraris

Henryk Piotrowski

Cao Kun Qi

Stuart Ong

Rostas Tiborne

Jean-luc Bideau

Ireneusz Bogajewicz

Christoph Koncz

Rostas Jozsefne

Sylvia Chang

Andrzej Matuszewski

Herman Meckler

Tang Ren

Marcello Bassano

Andrea Rieder

Wolfgang Bock

Horvatime R Ibolya

Tan Zeng Wei

Carmen Piculeata

Qiao Zhi

Zhou Zhi Qing

Gianluca Zanolli

Johannes Pramschler

Rostas Ferenene

Markus Pedoth

David Alberman

Geza Ratz

Wang Xiaoshuai

Rupert Oberhuber

Gertrud Heiss

David La Haye

Lorenz Mase

Helene Kerschbaumer

Marion San Nicolo

Monique Mercure

Daniel Zgaga

Michael Paal

Benjamin Steinmair

Tommaso Puntelli

Edward Glowacki

Eva Marie Bryer

Michael Riccobona

Johannes Silberschneider

Johan Gotsch

Samuel L. Jackson

Hannes Knollse Sen

Jason Flemyng

Rostas Miklos

Jeno Farkas

Ginaluca Serafini

Josef Mairginter

Dorothee Berryman

Aldo Brugnini

Rémy Girard

Antal Szalai

Adriano Helt

Sandra Oh

Istvan Feher

Dany Laferriere

Kalman Mohacsi

Andrea Turso

Emilio Vettori

Russell Yuen

Barbara Ortner

David Gant

Josh Bell

Gregory Hlady

Henryk Siwak

Steve Morris

Matteo Zanolli

Anita Laurenzi Sagnotti

Trojan Kwiek

Rezmoves M Klosne

Geza Hosszu-legocky

Julian Richings

Matthia Schiechtl

Dimitri Andreas

Paula Devasconcelos

Kalman Bakos

Manuel Chizzal

Michaela Pattis

Paul Koekler

Matteo Cuccato

Marvin Mill

Osvaldo Gabrieli

Arthur Denberg

Stefano Festini

Liu Zi Feng

Zhang Kai

Samuele Amighetti

Han Xio Fei

Alessandro Gabrieli

Rostas Szabina

Elisabeth Erlacher

Bettina Ties

Anna Masoner

Rostas Jozsef

Colm Feore

Clotilde Mollet

Rainer Egger

Andrea Radivo

Laszlo Feher

Irene Grazioli

Jeno Ravasz

Crew

Wolfgang Ainberger

Other

Peter Alves

Post-Production Coordinator

Sara Angarad

Dailies

Fabienne April

Dresser

Renee April

Costume Designer

Jasmin Asaria

Hair Assistant

Patrik Attenhofer

Assistant

Henir Aubertin

Art Department

Jean-francois Aubin

Production Assistant

Giancarlo Aymerich

Set Decorator

Will Ayres

Props

Zhong Wei Bao

Electrician

Peter Beare

Technical Advisor

Ginette Belanger

Assistant

Joshua Bell

Soloist

Dedi Bellotti

Other

Patrice Bengle

Property Master

Stefano Biscaro

Key Grip

Kevin Bishop

Effects Assistant

Franz Blaha

Driver

Marija Blumel

Set Decorator

Mick Boleyn

Construction Manager

Lesley Bond

Dailies

Lucie Bouliane

Production Manager

Deirdre Bowen

Casting

Paul Bradburn

Props

Cecile Braemer

Art Department Coordinator

Giacinto Bretti

Makeup Assistant

Robin Brooks

Driver

Vivian Bryant

Dailies

Tommaso Calevi

Production Manager

Desmond Campbell

Stunt Man

Sabrina Cappolecchia

Assistant Art Director

Leonardo Caracciolo

Location Manager

Marie-france Cardinal

Hair Assistant

Andre Caron

Electrician

Michel J Caron

Electrician

Andy Carter

Driver

Marianne Carter

Assistant Costume Designer

Marietta Carter-narcisse

Makeup

Jean-marc Casanova

Other

Denis Caspar

Other

Graham Caulfield

Other

Nadia Cavalli

Other

Giulio Cestari

Accountant

Christine Chen

Other

David Chettleborough

Construction

Kwok Wah Cheung

Best Boy

Daniel Chretien

Gaffer

Eva Chrzanowski

Other

Michela Cingolani

Hair Assistant

Francesco Coccia

Driver

Ronnie Cogan

Hair Assistant

Carmela Compagnone

Accountant

Fiona Cootes

Dailies

John Corigliano

Music

Luigi Cosatti

Carpenter

Marie-helene Cote

Other

Rebecca Cotterill

Production Coordinator

Philippe Courtois

Assistant

Marie-helene Coutu

Unit Manager

Sarah Crawford

Construction

Simon Crawford-collins

Unit Manager

Alana Cymerman

Assistant Location Manager

Julie Cyrenne

Assistant

Peter Czucka

Best Boy Grip

Buck Deachman

Assistant Director

Quentin Debayser

Production Assistant

Jean-maurice Deernsted

Key Grip

Dougal Dekeller

Driver

Nadine Demuele

Apprentice

Marc Desourdy

Stunt Coordinator

Massimiliano Dessena

Grip

Bobby Dhillon

Camera

Francesco Di Giacomo

Assistant Camera Operator

Gerhard Dohr

Construction

Peter Dorflinger

Construction

Alain Dostie

Director Of Photography

Alain Dostie

Dp/Cinematographer

Sebastien Ducas

Driver

Kathy Ducker

Makeup Assistant

Sylvaine Dufaux

Other

Mick Duffield

Best Boy

Manfred Ebner

Assistant Art Director

Christian Eder

Construction

Mark English

Hair Assistant

Sandra Exelby

Dailies

Sergio Faina

Grip

Isabelle Faivre-duboz

Other

Judy Farr

Set Decorator

Massimiliano Ferri

Driver

Niv Fichman

Producer

Michael Fleischner

Assistant

Riccardo Folgore

Unit Manager

Julian Forer

Driver

Normand Fortin

Best Boy

Stephane Frechette

Unit Manager Assistant

Waltraud Freitag

Dresser

Dominick French

Driver

Emita Frigato

Art Director

Rita Frozano

Casting

Katrin Fuchs

Other

Thomas Fuchs

Assistant

Luc Gagnier

Swing Gang

Martine Gagnon

Other

Maria Galante

Costume Coordinator

Maria Galante

Dailies

Helene Gallizzi

Other

Sebastian Gardiner

Driver

Sophie Gardiner

Production Manager

Francois Gascon

Swing Gang

Caroline Gaukroger

Production Accountant

Olivier Gerard

Assistant Director

Olvier Gerard

Assistant Director

François Girard

Screenplay

Jamie Glassman

Other

Massimiliano Gloria

Driver

Rejean Goderre

Hair Stylist

Matthias Gohl

Music Producer

Rose Goodhart

Wardrobe

Alan Grayley

Other

Christine Grenier

Other

Gernot Griedl

Electrician

Jacques Yves Gucia

Photography

Duncan Hague

Driver

Harald Haimbock

Construction

Sun Wen Hao

Driver

Pat Hay

Makeup Artist

Hilary Haynes

Hair Assistant

Peter Hedges

Props

Clare Holland

Other

Manfred Holzer

Driver

Jill Hornby

Hair Assistant

Phil Hounam

Location Manager

Gaetan Huot

Editor

Trent Hurry

Assistant Director

Franco Iannone

Driver

Daniel Iron

Coproducer

Irene Iversen

Continuity

Jan Jamison

Hair Assistant

David-harkness Jerrett

Grip

Kimber Lee Jerrett

Best Boy

Li Jia

Assistant Art Director

Cen Jiaji

Assistant Director

Li Jiajun

Art Director

Chen Jian

Driver

Dan Jiang

Makeup Assistant

Li Jin

Driver

He Jing

Other

Martyn John

Art Director

Laura Johnsson

Dailies

Jennifer Jonas

Assistant Director

Corinne Joudiou

Other

Lu Yao Jun

Grip

Pixner Karl

Driver

Brian Kemp

Best Boy

Paul Kemp

Other

Iona Kenrick

Wardrobe

Andrea Kenyon

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Tina Kern

Driver

Rene Kohl

Assistant

Michael-friedrich Kraxner

Grip

Peter Kreiller

Construction

Michael Kreuzer

Assistant Director

Sandro Kumric

Driver

Claude La Haye

Sound Engineer

Marie Lahaye

Continuity

Yuan Laifa

Unit Manager

Nina Lang

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Pierre-guy Lapointe

Assistant Set Decorator

Stéphane Laroche

Other

Nikla Leder

Craft Service

Daniel Leduc

Production Assistant

Stephane Lefebvre

Stunts

Carl Levy

Dailies

Meinir Jones Lewis

Makeup Assistant

Helen Li

Other

Claudette Lilly

Costumes

Alex Lloyd

Other

Sarah Lloyd

Dresser

Stephen Lloyd

Music

Rebecca Loncraine

Assistant Art Director

Jean-sebastien Lord

Assistant Director

Wang Zun Lu

Electrician

Monica Ludescher

Other

Luciano Magagnini

Property Master

Marion Mailhot

Grip

Bob Marshak

Photography

Fritz Martan

Construction

Don Mckellar

Screenplay

David Mckeown

Stunts

Samantha Mealing

Dailies

Sylvie-anne Meek

Other

Andreane Melancon

Apprentice

Ferdinando Merolla

Hair Stylist

Zhuang Yang Min

Other

Xie Mingxiao

Assistant Director

Bernard Minoret

Screenplay

Bernard Minoret

Writer (Dialogue)

Liz Mitchie

Hair Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Den röda fiolen, Red Violin
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
LIONSGATE/T+L+FILM CANADA; Lionsgate
Location
Montreal, Quebec, Canada; United States; China; Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom; Vienna, Austria; Cremona, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 11m

Award Wins

Best Original Score

1999

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

The Country of Canada

Nominated for the 1999 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Winner of eight 1999 Jutra Awards including best film, best direction, best screenplay, best editing, best sound, best production design, best cinematography, and best score.

Winner of eight 1998 Genie awards including best film, best screenplay, best direction, best cinematography, best production design/art direction, best original score, best costume design and best overall sound. Nominated for a further two awards.

Released in United States Summer November 6, 1998

Expanded Release in United States June 25, 1999

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1999

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States November 1998

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States January 1999

Released in United States March 1999

Released in United States April 1999

Released in United States June 1999

Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (in competition) October 31 - November 8, 1998.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (Nights and Stars) August 26 - September 8, 1998.

Shown at Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (closing night) October 15-24, 1998.

Shown at London Film Festival November 5-19, 1998.

Shown at Filmfest DC in Washington, DC April 21 - May 2, 1999.

Shown at Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (opening night) April 29 - May 9, 1999.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Gala) May 13 - June 6, 1999.

Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7-18, 1999.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 4-14, 1999.

Shown at Palm Beach International Film Festival (Opening Night) April 9-18, 1999.

Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 1-6, 1999.

Completed shooting July 6, 1997.

Began shooting February 15, 1997.

Released in United States Summer November 6, 1998

Expanded Release in United States June 25, 1999

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1999

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (in competition) October 31 - November 8, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (Nights and Stars) August 26 - September 8, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (closing night) October 15-24, 1998.)

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown at London Film Festival November 5-19, 1998.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Filmfest DC in Washington, DC April 21 - May 2, 1999.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (opening night) April 29 - May 9, 1999.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Gala) May 13 - June 6, 1999.)

Released in United States January 1999 (Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7-18, 1999.)

Released in United States March 1999 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 4-14, 1999.)

Released in United States April 1999 (Shown at Palm Beach International Film Festival (Opening Night) April 9-18, 1999.)

Released in United States June 1999 (Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 1-6, 1999.)