On February 9, 2017, the 67th Berlin International Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Etienne Comar’s directorial debut, Django, which also plays in the official competition at the Berlinale.
Comar has already made quite a name for himself as a screenwriter and producer on the likes of Of Gods and Men, Haute Cuisine and My King, and as a co-producer on The Women on the 6th Floor and Timbuktu.
Starring Reda Kateb in the title role, the film tells the story of the famous guitarist and composer, Django Reinhardt, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943.
Within moments, Reinhardt was able to reach people’s hearts with his instrument.
Yet as a Sinti, he and his family were harassed and hounded by the Nazis.
Berlinale Director, Dieter Kosslick, commented:
“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.”
Starring alongside Reda Kateb are Cécile de France (The Kid with a Bike), Alex Brendemühl and Ulrich Brandhoff.
The screenplay is written by Etienne Comar and Alexis Salatko. Django Reinhardt’s music was re-recorded for the film by the famous Dutch jazz band Rosenberg Trio.
The film is produced by Fidélité, Arches Films and Pathé. Pathé International will be handling international sales.