Reda Kateb in a scene from Etienne Comar's "Django," the Berlinale's opening night film.
Photo © Roger Arpajou, courtesy of the Berlinale
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A politically charged Berlin film festival opened Thursday with a movie about Nazi persecution of Gypsy-jazz great Django Reinhardt and a vow by Hollywood's Maggie Gyllenhaal that Americans were "ready to resist" Donald Trump. A total of 18 movies are vying for the festival's Golden Bear, which will be awarded Feb. 18 by a jury led by "Elle" director Paul Verhoeven. Europe's first major cinema showcase of the year, the 11-day Berlinale will screen nearly 400 movies from 70 countries."Django," which drew polite applause at a press preview ahead of a gala evening screening, won praise as one of the few big-budget films to address Nazi persecution of Roma, some 500,000 of whom died in the Holocaust. As a festival that traditionally embraces contentious politics, Berlinale stars are expected to sound off on global affairs.
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