Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones Documentary to Open Berlin Film Festival

By Rich King on January 14, 2008

Mick Jagger Rolling Stones picture

LONDON — Martin Scorsese's documentary on legendary rock 'n' roll band the Rolling Stones will open this year's Berlin Film Festival, organizers announced on Tuesday. The Oscar-winning director and the veteran rock stars are scheduled to attend the Feb. 7 premiere.

"Shine A Light" is a compilation of two live Rolling Stones concerts at New York's Beacon Theatre in 2006, including special guest performances from Christina Aguilera, White Stripes frontman Jack White and blues legend Buddy Guy.

The documentary also features rare archival scenes and more recent behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

"With this extensive camera coverage and the intimacy of the setting, Scorsese has created an extraordinary musical film event and given audiences unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones both on stage and off," the festival said in a statement.

The film's crew includes Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, who worked on Scorsese's "The Aviator," and fellow Oscar winners John Toll ("Braveheart") and Andrew Lesnie ("The Lord of the Rings").

"We are extremely excited to have the world premiere of this magnificent film as our opening gala," said festival director Dieter Kosslick. "Martin Scorsese has captured the pure essence of an iconic band on the big screen."

The Rolling Stones are one of the biggest bands in the history of music with album sales estimated at more than 200 million.

The Berlin Film Festival will open on Feb. 7 and conclude Feb. 17.

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