Director: Etienne Comar
Screenplay: Etienne Comar and Alexis Salatko
Cast: Reda Kateb, Cécile de France, Alex Brendemühl, Ulrich Brandhoff
PLOT: “Django” is a biopic of Django Reinhart, the famous French guitarist and composer. The film revolves around his life in Germany, occupying Paris in 1943. It depicts his fight for survival and how the constant danger and atrocities committed to his family by the Nazis couldn't stop him from playing his music.
Situated in 1943's France during the Nazi occupation, Django is a famous musician known for delighting his audiences with his witty 'gypsy music'. Although most Romanian people are being persecuted in concentration camps due to racial discrimination, Django is sure that due to his immense popularity, he will be safe. All is well until he is asked by the German Nazis to go to Germany and counteract the 'Negro music' influence from the US. Django refuses and thus, starts his fight for survival. In the process of his flight from Paris, he along with his pregnant wife and mother is helped by one of his admirers to hide in a village near the Swiss border, where he meets a large family also on the run from the Nazis. Just as he is about to enter Switzerland, the Nazis find him.
Django marks the directorial debut of Etienne Comar who had previously written and produced “Of Gods and Men”, “Haute Cuisine” and “My King”. He beautifully shines light on the atrocities faced by the Romanians at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War. Critics found Reda Kateb's performance as the late Django quite enchanting. The movie was enthralling for people as it showed them a part of Django Reinhart's life in many ways one cann't think of.