This week sees the release of Entebbe (or 7 Days in Entebbe depending on where you are), the most recent retelling of the events of July 1976 in which an Air France plane was hijack by terrorists.
The film stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Kamil Lemieszewski, Ben Schnetzer, Nonso Anozie, Denis Ménochet and Lior Ashkenazi.
The blurring of the life between good and evil was of paramount interest to both actors and director, and the film tries to find the human motivations behind both sides of the conflict. The nuanced voices of the film convey an understanding of the characters and the actors talk about the underlying belief of the actions their characters carry on. This film takes great pains to be provocative and challenging for its audience, and it is all the better for it.
The director talked about how the script took a different perspective to other films made about the same event. He found that the screenplay was far less ‘military’ that previous cinematic iterations of the story, and he found new relevance in that angle. Padilha was very open about creating empathy and understanding for all sides in the conflict, and this was key to his telling of the story.
You can see bother interviews, conducted by Stefan Pape, below and catch the film when it arrives in UK cinemas on the 11th of May.
Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl & Jose Padilha – Entebbe Interviews
7 Days in Entebbe Synopsis
In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages.