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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2017, Etienne Comar, France, 117 min. With Reda Kateb, Cécile De France.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 2nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Feb 2nd 8:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 3rd 5:45pm
  • Sun, Feb 4th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Feb 5th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 6th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Feb 7th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 8th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere!

“A handsomely made affair with one of the best scores imaginable.” — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

“Compelling. There’s an urgent impetus at the heart of this film, far beyond the realm of either flat period biopic or mere history lesson.” — Christina Newland, Sight and Sound

This flavorful biopic of the great Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt focuses on his conflicted position during the German Occupation of France, when the Roma people were being systematically exterminated by the Nazis. Protected by highly placed German admirers, Django (played with authoritative cool by Reda Kateb of A PROPHET and HIPPOCRATES) continues to perform at Paris clubs and Nazi functions. He thinks he can remain aloof from the fray (“This isn’t my war”), but the plight of his people and the Nazis’ plans to use him as a propaganda tool cause him to flee to a French border town, where he impatiently awaits the chance for a risky crossing into Switzerland. Amidst the intrigue, first-time director Comar (best known for writing the César-winning OF GODS AND MEN) never loses sight of Reinhardt the artist. Extended, scintillating musical performances are the heart of the film, brilliantly played by the Reinhardt-influenced Rosenberg Trio and convincingly acted by Kateb, who spent a year mastering Django’s unique eight-fingered technique. In French, Roma, German, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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