Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8:30pm
Tivoli Theatre

In this fictionalized biopic, Django Reinhardt (Reda Ketab), the acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer, flees from German-occupied Paris in 1943, but before leaving, he flirts with collaboration. Although a Roma — who were being rounded up with the Jews, homosexuals, and other “undesirables” and sent to their deaths in the concentration camps — Django receives partial protection because of his guitar wizardry, at least as long as he conforms his performances to the Nazis’ tastes. But when Django and his band are invited on a tour of Germany, to be capped by a show for propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, the musician recognizes both the danger and the ethical compromise. Persuaded by a former lover (Cécile de France), he heads to a wooded Gypsy encampment and begins his transition from cooperation to resistance. “Played to perfection by Reda Ketab, the mustached savant slips through the war with the swagger of a genius and the chaos of an Emir Kusturica film,” writes Indiewire. “Even the most adamant of jazz haters will find themselves tapping their toes, a strict Nazi no-no. Time and again, the film sublimates resistance through art, through identity, and through acts of non-compliance so natural that the man committing them isn’t even fully aware that the instrument in his hands is a machine that kills fascists.”

117 min.
English, French, German & Romany

Directed by

Étienne Comar

Film Category

International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus


Biopic Historical Drama

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