7 Days In Entebbe director José Padilha says that his Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl –fronted terror thriller, which tells the story of the 1976 hijiacking of the Air France flight from Tel Aviv, shines a light on similar political issues that are still prevalent in a Trump presidency.
Padilha, speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, said that fear still dominates, as it did in the Middle East in the late 70s.
The film tells the story of the hijackers, two of which were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two of which were German members of the left-wing extremist group, Revolutionary Cells, who held over a hundred hostages, many of which were Israelis, for a week. The terrorists demanded the release of forty imprisoned Palestinian terrorists and combatants and tells what happened after the aircraft landed in Entebbe where the hijackers were supported by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
Padilha, who previously directed the remake of Robocop, said, “In this recurrent conflict, it’s very easy for politicians to present themselves as protecting people against the enemy but once you frame the relationship as enemies it becomes hard to negotiate and that’s still true today. There is a constant state of fear in both Israeli and Palestinian populations because of the conflict and this fear is preyed upon by right wing politicians, kind of like Trump who is going to build a wall to defend American from whomever, I don’t know.”
The movie, written by Gregory Burke features a number of actors speaking a number of languages including English and German, a slightly controversial move, according to Padilha, who added that they actually shot many of the scenes twice, once in English and once in German. “There’s only so much you can get away with in the studio system,” he said. “The less English you have in your movie, the less marketable it is.”
The movie is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kate Solomon, Michelle Wright, Ron Halpern for Participant Media and Working Title Films with Lionsgate selling worldwide and Focus Features releasing in the U.S.