Thursday, February 9, 2017


"Django", a bio-pic on Django Reinhardt, considered one of the greatest guitarist of the last century and one of the early pioneers of European jazz and Gypsy Swing, will open this year's Berlin Film Festival. This is the feature directing debut of Etienne Comar, a screenwriter and producer of such films as "The Women On The 6th Floor", "Of Gods and Men" and the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign-Language Film, "Timbuktu". This is one of seventeen films selected for the main competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear prizes. Paul Verhoeven, the director hot off the success of his latest film, "Elle", will head this year's Jury that also has actors, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Diego Luna on board to help decide the ultimate winners.

Some films selected to be screened out of competition will be "Final Portrait", actor Stanley Tucci's sixth film as a director, "T2 Trainspotting", a sequel to Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle's breakout 1996 feature, "Trainspotting" a black comedy that has the original cast (Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle) back for the follow-up and "Logan", the latest and apparently final time that Hugh Jackson will suit up as the Wolverine in the X-Men film series.

In addition to the many new feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the globe that will be seen beginning today and running through the 19th during the 67th annual event, Milena Canonero, one of cinema's greatest costume designers, will be receiving an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. Canonero had worked with such directors as Stanley Kubrick, Steven Soderbergh, Louis Malle, Roman Polanski and the Coppolas, Francis Ford and Sofia and won the Oscar four times for her work in "Barry Lyndon" (1975), "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "Marie Antoinette" (2006) and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014). Each film will be screened during the fest in her honor.