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Politics and music, so often at the heart of the Berlin Film Festival. This year's opening film combining the two.
Django is the story of gypsy jazz star Django Reinhardt, a great musician, and a man persecuted by the Nazis.>>
> It's one of several real life stories and documentaries on the line up. I'm Reuters reporter, Sarah Mills, outside the Berlinale Palast in the center of the city, where most of the main films will have their premiers and be screened.
Over the next 11 days around 400 films will be shown, with 18 of those competing in the main competition. Now, while it's up the punters and the film critics to decide which of those films they like, it's down to the jury to pick the winners. Out in force for the opening night, this year's jury led by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven.
With other famous faces including Mexican actor, Diego Luna and American actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Django director, Etienne Cumar and his cast also having their moment on the carpet, ahead of the opening ceremony. While star power is down this year, Richard Gere is one of a handful of high profile Western actors taking part.
Using his time to meet the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Meanwhile, his political drama The Diner, will have its world premiere here.>> No>> No.>> As well as the politics, perhaps even the Berlinale could not be complete without a blockbuster. Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine in Marvel's latest, Logan.
Screening at the back end of the festival, it's not competing, but will likely be a hit with the punters.