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DJANGO

Plus Gypsy Jazz Duo

Etienne Comar | 2017 | 117 MINS
France | Subtitles
UK Premiere

A tremendous biopic following Jazz musician Django Reinhardt, and his family, as they escape from German-occupied Paris in 1943.
We are pleased to welcome Gypsy Jazz duo 'Balcon Manouche' to play a short gig before Friday's screening.

In Detail

The year is 1943 in Nazi-occupied Paris and Django Reinhardt is at the pinnacle of his art. The brilliant and carefree jazz guitarist, king of ethereal swing, plays to standing-room-only crowds in the capital's greatest venues. Meanwhile his gypsy brethren are being persecuted throughout Europe.

His life takes a turn for the worse when the Nazi propaganda machine wants to send him on tour in Germany. Based on the 2013 novel Folles De Django by Alexis Salatko, this is a partly fictionalized account about Django’s wartime experiences as a Belgian-born Romani in occupied France.

The film has some serious things to say about the Nazis’ assault on Romani peoples and Reinhardt’s frontline position in this war. A tremendous bonus is the authentic music with extended musical numbers by Reinhardt's Quintette du Hot Club de France wonderfully re-created. Although world premiered in the Berlinale of 2017, this is its UK Premiere.

Our thanks to Gaumont for this screening.

We are pleased to welcome Gypsy Jazz duo 'Balcon Manouche' to play a short gig before Friday's screening.
Balcon Manouche are a swing / jazz guitar duo formed in early 2020 by guitarists Charlie Jackson and Charlie Gordon. Drawing from both Charlie’s experience of playing a variety of different styles, Balcon Manouche combines swing, jazz and other flavours to create a sound that will get your feet tapping.

Fri 20 Aug 17:30 - £12.50
Sat 21 Aug 21:00 - £9.50

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