Even as Wonder Woman was breaking records and earning $228 million in theaters around the globe, the Warner Bros. feature was abruptly pulled from a film festival in Algeria.
Variety reports director Patty Jenkins’ film was scheduled to screen Sunday in the capital city of Algiers at the second annual Nuits du Cinéma, organized to celebrate the he Muslim holy month of Ramadan. However, it was suddenly removed from the lineup, leading to speculation in the local press that the action was taken because of the nationality of Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
But one of the festival’s organizers said Wonder Woman was pulled due to “administrative issues linked to exhibition rights,” and would be returned to the lineup once those issues were resolved.
The film was banned last week in Lebanon, which has officially been at war with Israeli for more than 69 years (although there’s been a cease-fire since 2006). Lebanon has long boycotted Israeli products, and its Ministry of Economy & Trade called for Gadot to be placed on a blacklist in 2016.
The Lebanon ban was followed by a call in Algeria for a boycott of Wonder Woman on the grounds that Gadot praised Israel’s military actions in Gaza in 2014.
Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.