Berlinale: Programme

Film File

Competition (out of competition)

7 Days in Entebbe

7 Tage in Entebbe

Kate Solomon (Producer), Jaques Lemoine (Engineer Flight AF123), Gregory Burke (Screenwriter), Daniel Brühl (Actor), Rosamund Pike (Actress), Omar Berdouni (Actor), José Padilha (Director)

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

Press Conference at full length
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On 27 June, 1976 four hijackers seized an Air France flight. The plane was on its way from Tel Aviv to Paris, the hijackers were two members of the PFLP (The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and two German members of the left-wing extremist group, Revolutionary Cells. They held over a hundred hostages – mainly Israelis – for a whole week. Among other demands, they sought the release of forty imprisoned Palestinian terrorists and combatants. This film reconstructs what happened after the aircraft landed in Entebbe where the hijackers were supported by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Based on new research, the film offers its own version of the hijacking, in particular with regard to the release of the non-Jewish hostages. At the same time, the film describes in minute detail the efforts of the Israeli government whose security commandos eventually bring the entire event to an end by force. As in his earlier works, director José Padilha uses real events as an opportunity to explore themes of fear, violence, destruction and self-destruction.

José Padilha

USA / United Kingdom 2018

English, German, French, Hebrew

107’ · Colour · Dolby Atmos

World premiere


Rosamund Pike (Brigitte Kuhlmann)
Daniel Brühl (Wilfried Böse)
Eddie Marsan (Shimon Peres)
Lior Ashkenazi (Yitzhak Rabin)
Denis Menochet (Jacques Lemoine)
Ben Schnetzer (Zeev Hirsch)
Angel Bonanni (Yoni Netanyahu)
Juan Pablo Raba (Juan Pablo)
Nonso Anozie (Idi Amin)


José Padilha
Gregory Burke
Lula Carvalho
Daniel Rezende
Rodrigo Amarante
Sound Design
Glenn Freemantle
Gareth John
Production Design
Kave Quinn
Bina Daigeler
Denise Kum
Assistant Director
Richard Graysmark
Fiona Weir
Production Manager
James Grant
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kate Solomon, Michelle Wright, Ron Halpern
Executive Producers
Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Olivier Courson, Jean-Claude Darmon, Angela Morrison, Liza Chasin, Jo Burn


José Padilha

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1967, he is a film producer, writer and director who also writes comment pieces for ‘O Globo’, one of Brazil’s main daily newspapers. He won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his documentary Bus 174 and enjoyed great commercial success with The Elite Squad which won the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlinale. After making its sequel, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, he directed the remake of RoboCop in 2014. He is also the director of the pilot for the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series ‘Narcos’ in 2015. His next Netflix original, the series ‘O Mecanismo’ will be streamed in 2018.


2002 Bus 174 2007 Tropa de elite (The Elite Squad) 2009 Garapa 2010 Secrets of the Tribe · Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) 2014 Robocop · Rio, I Love You 2015 Narcos; series 2018 O Mecanismo; series · 7 Days in Entebbe

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Participant Media

Working Title Films

World Sales

Lionsgate International