This Argentine movie is eerily similar to the Germanwings crash

  • Agencies, London
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2015 22:12 IST

British cinemas are warning viewers about a new Argentine film which shows a chief steward intentionally crashing a plane -- a scene bearing eerie similarities to last week's Germanwings tragedy.

The movie opened in UK and US cinemas over the weekend, three days after the horrific crash, amid speculation whether Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had watched the film before flying the doomed aircraft.

Prosecutors have said they suspect co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who told his bosses he had suffered from severe depression, locked himself into the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane.

The plane slammed into a mountain at 700km an hour, instantly killing all 150 people on board.

Many cinema goers have demanded that the film either be delayed or cancelled to show respect to the 150 victims of the plane crash.

After much deliberation, the Curzon Theatre chain and British Film Institute (BFI) have now issued warnings. "Following the Germanwings flight incident on Tuesday 24th March, please be aware that Wild Tales features a sequence that some customers might find disturbing," the Curzon cinema chain said on its website.

The British Film Institute 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 by Argentine director Damian Szifron is about the fine line between civility and barbarism. It came out last Friday in Britain -- three days after the Germanwings crash in the Alps on February 24.

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: "That first scene on the plane is horribly unfortunate... Made me feel a bit sick."

The film, directed by Argentinian film-maker Damian Szifron, was nominated for best foreign language film at this year's Oscars.

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