Published: 05 January 2017 Thursday, 11:55 AM
Bonn, Jan 5 (deutschenews24.de/dpa)- The Berlin Film Festival opens next month with the world premiere of a movie about the life of the legendary jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt, the Berlinale said on Wednesday.
Etienne Comar`s "Django" focuses on the Belgian-born Reinhardt`s escape from Nazi-occupied Paris in 1943 and stars French actor Reda Kateb in the title role.
Despite his popularity as a musician at the time, Reinhardt was hounded by the Nazis because of his family background as a member of the Sinti group of Roma.
"Django Reinhardt was one of the most brilliant pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing," said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.
"`Django` grippingly portrays one chapter in the musician`s eventful life and is a poignant tale of survival," Kosslick said.
Django marks Comar`s debut as a feature film director after he establishing a name for himself as a screenwriter and producer.
Comar`s movie will also be one of about 20 films expected to compete for the festival`s top prizes, including the Golden Bear for best picture.
Next year will mark the 67th Berlinale, which is one of world`s leading film festivals alongside Venice and Cannes.