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Reporting from Berlin on the 68th edition February 15 -25, 2018
Our team of festival ambassadors and reporters bring you the dailies from the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market and keep an eye on past editions archives.

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Berlin 2017 opens with world premiere of DJANGO.


by Alex Deleon

Rarely is an opening festival film so compelling and overwhelming that you feel as if the festival ended right there the trip to Berlin would have bern justified, 

Reda Kateb as Django Reinhardt.  the gypsy musician with the German sounding name, made me forget I was watching an actor playing a part but felt like I was watching the jazz legend Django himself back from the great beyond in the flesh.

Magnificent, beyond words.


Berlin 67 Day ONE

Thursday February, 9, 2017


France in 1943 during the German occupation. Every night, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt delights Parisian audiences with his witty, life-affirming ‘gypsy swing’ music. Whilst many other Romany people are finding themselves the target of racist persecution and being murdered in concentration camps, Django believes himself to be safe due to his popularity – until agents of the Nazi propaganda machine demand that he goes on tour to Germany in order to counteract the influence of ‘negro music’ from the USA. Django Reinhardt refuses. One of his Parisian admirers helps him, his pregnant wife and his mother to hide out in a village close to the Swiss border; here he meets members of his large extended family who are also on the run. But when he tries to cross Lake Geneva into Switzerland with his wife and his mother, the Nazis are hot on his heels. In his directorial debut, Etienne Comar portrays an unconventional artist and free spirit whose life is as improvised as his music. Faced with the question of whether or not to allow his art to be misused for politcal purposes, he has to make a decision of vital significance.


Reda Kateb (Django Reinhardt)
Cécile de France (Louise)
Beata Palya (Naguine)
Bim Bam Merstein (Negros)
Gabriel Mirété (La Plume)
Vincent Frade (Tam Tam)
Johnny Montreuil (Joseph Reinhardt)
Raphaël Dever (Vola)
Patrick Mille (Charlie Delaunay)
Alex Brandemuhl (Hans Biber)
Ulrich Brandhoff (Hammerstein)


Etienne Comar
Etienne Comar, Alexis Salatko
Director of Photography
Christophe Beaucarne
Monica Coleman
Django Reinhardt, performed by Rosenberg Trio, Warren Ellis
Cyril Moisson, Vincent Guillon, Stéphane Thiebaut
Production Design
Olivier Radot
Pascaline Chavanne
Nelly Robin
Assistant Director
Luc Bricault
Stéphane Batut
Production Manager
Philippe Hagège
Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier
Executive Producer
Christine de Jekel
Arches Films, Curiosa Films, Moana Films, Pathé, France 2 Cinéma, Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes Cinéma


Etienne Comar

After graduating from the Parisian film school La Fémis, he began working at Erato Films as a production manager on films including Boris Godunov by Andrzej Zulawski and Van Gogh by Maurice Pialat. He then produced 15 feature films with Playtime and Vendôme Production before, in 2009, moving to Arches Films to work as a screenwriter and producer on titles such as Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) by Xavier Beauvois and Mon roi (My King) by Maïwenn. Django is his first feature film as a director.

Filmography (as director)

2017 Django


Fidélité Films
Paris, France
+33 1 55349808


Pathé International
Paris, France
+33 1 71723305




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Chatelin Bruno

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