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Irish cinemagoers warned over film featuring eerily familiar plane crash

‘Wild Tales’ features a chief steward intentionally crashing a plane.

PastedImage-43868 Source: Youtube/TrailerHD

THE IRISH FILM Institute is warning cinemagoers about scenes in a new film which show a steward intentionally crashing a plane.

Argentinian film ‘Wild Tales’ was released last Friday and bears similarities to the Germanwings tragedy which happened just three days previously.

The IFI has said that the release date of the film was chosen months ago and was selected by the cinema after their programming team had seen it at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

The IFI says it extends its sympathies to all those affected by the tragedy and it is warning people about the plane crash scenes in the film:

It is deeply regrettable that the film’s release was scheduled for the same week as this terrible tragedy, but it was however too late for the date to be changed. We have now put warnings in place online and at the IFI Box Office to alert people to the relevant scenes.

The British Film Institute has issued a similar warning saying, “Please note: ‘Wild Tales’ is a work of fiction, and any similarities with real events is an unintentional and regrettable coincidence.”

The film is by Argentine director Damian Szifron who says it is about the fine line between civility and barbarism.

Source: TrailerHD/YouTube

(Note: The trailer does not feature images of the plane crash) 

Prosecutors have said they suspect co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked himself into the cockpit of the down Germanwings plane and deliberately crashed it in the French Alps on 24 March.

‘Wild Tales’ is co-produced by Spain’s Pedro Almodovar and begins with a scene in which the chief steward locks himself in the cockpit to crash the plane.

“It begins with a brief, savage revenge tale set on an airplane (horribly timely in fact, given this week’s air disaster in France),” Time Out magazine said.

Film critic Mark Kermode wrote in The Observer newspaper: “The results are shocking and sharp as a knife, but be warned -– the unfolding real-life tragedy in the Alps casts a grim unforeseen shadow over the opening segment”.

Documentary filmmaker James Jones took to Twitter to give his reaction to seeing the scene:

With reporting from © - AFP 2015

Read: French Alps investigators say ‘final moments’ video is a fake >

 

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