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Plot, Details & Awards

The Red Violin

Rated R for some sexuality.

R In Theaters 06/18/1999 , 150min.
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Plot & Details

Francois Girard directed this drama tracing the history of a musical instrument through five countries and three centuries. In 1681, to keep the spirit of his wife alive, an Italian paints the violin with a red varnish made from her blood. It is later found in the Austrian Alps when a prodigy gives a performance in the court of Vienna in 1792. Taken by gypsies, the instrument is acquired by a Dionysian composer. After a journey by boat to China in 1966, it is hidden during the Cultural Revolution. In contemporary Canada, it is spotted at an auction house by a violin expert (Samuel L. Jackson) who becomes obsessed with it. Scripted by Girard and Don McKellar. Filmed on a $10 million budget in Montreal, China, Italy, Austria, and Oxford.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score John Corigliano Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Jocelyn Caron Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Art Direction/Production Design François Séguin Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Jacques Plante Nominated
1998 Genie Awards Best Original Score John Corigliano Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Guy Pelletier Nominated
1998 Genie Awards Best Costume Design Renee April Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Bernard Gariepy Strobl Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Carole Gagnon Nominated
1998 Genie Awards Best Picture Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Screenplay François Girard Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Cinematography Alain Dostie Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Jérôme Décarie Nominated
1998 Genie Awards Best Director François Girard Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Editing Gaetan Huot Nominated
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Claude La Haye Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Marcel Pothier Nominated
1998 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Antoine Morin Nominated
1998 Genie Awards Best Screenplay Don McKellar Won

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Canadian Film [Runner-up] Won

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