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With a little more than a month to go before kickoff, the Berlin Film Festival has unveiled Etienne Comar’s Django as its opening movie. A world premiere, it will also run in competition. Comar, a successful screenwriter and producer whose credits include Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winner Of Gods And Men, Haute Cuisine, My King, The Women On The 6th Floor and the Oscar-nominated Timbuktu, makes his feature directing debut with the period drama. Pathé International has… »
The film, which will play in competition at the Berlinale, revolves around Django Reinhardt, the iconic guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943 where as Sinti his family was harassed and hounded by the Nazis.
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The opening film of the 2017 Berlinale has been revealed.
The French film revolves around Django Reinhardt, the famous guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943. Within moments, this superb guitarist was able to reach people’s hearts with his instrument. Yet as Sinti, his family was harassed and hounded by the Nazis.
“Django Reinhardt was one of the most brilliant pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing. Django grippingly portrays one chapter in the musician’s eventful life and is a poignant tale of survival. Constant danger, flight and the atrocities committed against his family could not make him stop playing,” says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.
Director Etienne Comar has already made a name for himself as a screenwriter and producer – Of Gods and Men, »
- Paul Heath
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