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Utøya – July 22

Utøya 22. juli

Unfolding in real time in a single, devastating 72-minute take, Erik Poppe delivers a harrowing reconstruction of the massacre of 69 young people by Anders Behring Breivik.

Dir Erik Poppe
Prod Stein B Kvae
Scr Anna Bache-Wiig, Siv Rajendram Eliassen
With Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Solveig Koløen Birkeland
UK Distribution Modern Films

After exploding a bomb in a government building on 22 July 2011, far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik took his murderous attack to the heart of Norway: a youth summer camp on Utøya island. With the victims unable to escape, his murder spree took just over an hour, leaving hundreds injured alongside the dead. Through meticulous interviews with survivors, Poppe has created composite characters for this drama. These include 18-year-old Kaja, whom the camera ceaselessly follows as she attempts to hide from Breivik, marshalling and bringing some small comfort to younger children, even as she searches for her own missing sister. Utøya – July 22 isn’t easy viewing, but it’s a lucid, critical reminder of the tremendous cost of mass tragedy and a powerful memorial to its young survivors, who refused to let Breivik kill their ideals.

Tricia Tuttle

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