Scorsese's Stones Film to Launch Berlin Film Festival

Rockumentary Shine a Light to be unveiled next month
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 3:57 AM CST
American director Martin Scorsese talks on stage during his master class on movie making at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, in this, May 24, 2007, file photo. Scorsese's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Berlin Film Festival will kick off next month with the world premiere of Martin Scorsese's rockumentary about the Rolling Stones, Der Spiegel reports. Scorsese and his team shot over half a million feet of film at two 2006 Rolling Stone gigs in New York. Performances by Jack White and Christina Aguilera also feature in Shine a Light.

"Martin Scorsese has captured the pure essence of an iconic band on the big screen," said the festival's director. Both the Stones and Scorsese, who also made a documentary about Bob Dylan in 2005, are expected to be there for the film's big debut. They won't be the only stars in town—the 10-day festival will also feature Madonna's directorial debut.