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Ceremonia de premiere + Django Reinhardt + Latcho drom

ONE WORLD ROMANIA #13

Franceză / Franceză, Romani, Turcă, Slovacă, Rajasthani, Maghiar română, engleză / română, engleză

Title: Django Reinhardt / Django Reinhardt
Director: Paul Paviot
Duration: 0h 26

Title: Latcho drom / Latcho drom
Director: Tony Gatlif
Duration: 1h 43

Django Reinhardt

One of the first ever documentaries centring on a jazz musician, Paul Paviot’s 1957 short-film is based on Chris Marker’s text, narrated by Yves Montand and opens with one of Jean Cocteau’s mottos. But, above all, its subject is the legendary Django Reinhardt, who had died four years before its release. While depicting prominent events from his life, the film is marked, of course, by the resonance of the musical pieces performed by this famous Romani guitarist, which envelop the film in a delicate, somewhat melancholic atmosphere, augmented by the entire visual and narrative structure that the aforementioned ‘dream-team’ creates. Just as the protagonist’s music, “Django Rheinhardt” is like a breath of fresh air, paying a wistful, elegant and not in the least saccharine homage to the figure of the most renowned guitarist of the era and to the nomadic environment in which he grew up, that would inspire the expression of his talent. (by Andrei Rus)

Latcho drom

In 1993, Tony Gatliff would make a daring move within the bounds of documentary filmmaking: the docu-musical. Naturally, this hybrid genre calls for some deviations from the rules of documentaries, all in favour of colourful and picturesque vignettes, brimming with emotion through music and dance. “Latcho drom” (“safe journey” in Romani) retraces the historical itinerary of the Romani people, from its cradle-civilisation (India, Rajasthan), passing through Egypt and Turkey, then through the Balkans and finally reaching the lands of France and Spain. The Roma cross the desert, East-Euroopean villages, the Western plains and hills, meandering through different cultures and effortlessly switching from the most ecstatic dance to the most heart-wrenching dirge. The film is not without its dramatic moments during this wandering through places and times: one boy sings about his fate that sentenced him to permanent exile, an elderly Auschwitz survivour mourns and sings the woe of her people, while Hispanic women lament, in song, their homes in Barcelona’s historical buildings, permanently walled up and shut by the authorities. Each of these episodes is a musical number in its own rights, where love of life and tragedy entwine, emerging as the living proof of a nomadic culture, inscribed into history through stories and songs. (by Andreea Chiper)

Festivals and awards: 

  • Montréal World Film Festival 1997 - Grand Prix Special des Amériques 
  • Cannes Film Festival 1993 - Un Certain Regard Award 
Ceremonia de premiere + Django Reinhardt + Latcho drom ONE WORLD ROMANIA #13

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