London | British cinemas have issued viewer warnings to an Oscar-nominated foreign film, which features a chief steward deliberately crashing a passenger plane to take revenge, a chilling reminder of the last week’s Germanwings crash that killed 150 people.
The opening scene of ‘Wild Tales’ – an Argentine black comedy – bears an eerie similarity to the horrific tragedy on March 24 when a co-pilot of Germanwings, a Lufthansa Group subsidiary, deliberately crashed the plane in French Alps, killing all the passengers. The movie opened in UK and US cinemas over the weekend, three days after the horrific crash, amid cries of anger with many questioning if Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had watched the film before flying the doomed aircraft.
Many cinema goers have demanded to delay or even cancel the screening of the movie, in respect for the 150 victims of the plane crash. After much debate and deliberation, the Curzon Theater chain and British Film Institute (BFI) have now issued warnings, saying: 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 BFI has written: Please note: Wild Tales is a work of fiction, and any similarities with real events is an unintentional and regrettable coincidence. Similar language is now being shown in some theatres before the film, the Guardian reported. The film, directed by Argentinian film-maker Damian Szifron, was nominated for best foreign language film at this year’s Oscars.
Lufthansa executives visit Alpine crash site where 150 died Seyne-les-Alpes | The heads of Lufthansa and its low-cost airline Germanwings are visiting the site of a crash that killed 150 people amid mounting questions about the co-pilot and how much his employers knew about his mental health.
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr and Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann touched down today by helicopter in Seyne-les-Alpes, near the ravine where the A320 jet shattered into thousands of pieces March 24. Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed the plane.
Lufthansa said yesterday that it knew he had suffered from an episode of severe depression before he finished his flight training. German prosecutors say Lubitz’s medical records from before he received his pilot’s license referred to suicidal tendencies, but visits to doctors since then showed no record of any suicidal tendencies or aggression against others.
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