Utøya 22. juli
U - July 22
Screenwriter duo Siv Rajendram Eliassen (b. 1967) and Anna Bache-Wiig (b. 1975) are the creators behind Norwegian success drama TV series Acquitted (2015) which was nominated for ‘Best Screenwriter’ and ‘Best Mini-Series’ at the Seoul International Drama Awards.
Rajendram Eliassen and Bache-Wiig wrote the screenplay for the praised U - July 22, directed by one of Norway's most esteemed directors, Erik Poppe. U - July 22 won the 2018 Berlin Ecumenical Prize and has received fantastic reviews both in Norway and internationally. NRK described it as “Nothing less than a masterpiece”.
Siv Rajendram Eliassen has extensive experience in television drama and feature film. Primarily working with television, Siv has written and co-written some of Norway’s high profile series like Battalion (2002), Above All (2007), and Codename Hunter 2 (2008). Together with her co-writers she won the Gullruten Award (the Norwegian equivalent to the Emmy) for Ran and Above All. She was also one of the writers awarded with the Amanda Award for ‘Best Screenplay’ for the feature Fallen Angels (2008). Her work also includes the Danish TV series Den som dræber (2011) which was then remade to an English language version starring Chlöe Sevigny as Those Who Kill (2014).
Anna Bache-Wiig graduated from Norway’s State Theatre School in 1998 and has since then worked as an actress on several of Norway’s biggest theater scenes, where she excelled in various plays (Antigone by Sophocles and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen), as well as with some of Norway’s most popular TV series and films including Mammon (2014), Cosy (2010), Fallen Angels (2010), Mirush (2007) and Buddy (2003). Bache-Wiig is a critically acclaimed writer and debuted with her novel Most Beautiful of All (2003), which was followed by A Summer Night’s Dream (2005) and Lasse’s House (2009) and thereafter her first children’s book Don Fritjof (2010).
Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anna Bache-Wiig started their collaboration in 2011.
U-July 22, directed by Erik Poppe and written by Siv Rajendram Eliassen together with Anna Bache-Wiig, has won the 2018 Berlin Ecumenical Prize.
The Ecumenical Jury said: “In a single take, with a hand held camera, the filmmaker creates a claustrophobic engagement with tragedy of the shocking attack that took the 69 lives of young people outside Oslo. The film plunges the audience into the anxiety and despair of the participants, and suggests the possibility of compassion and hope in the face of tragedy”.
U-July 22 has also received fantastic reviews both in Norway and internationally. NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) described it as “Nothing short of a masterpiece.”
Today, the film U – July 22 has its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. It is written by Siv Rajendram Eliassen together with Anna Bache-Wiig and directed by Erik Poppe.
The story takes place on July 22, 2011, when a heavily armed right-wing extremist attacked a youth Labour summer camp on Utøya island outside Oslo. We get to follow 19-year-old Kaja in her desperate search for her sister. Filmed in a single take, the story unfolds as seen through the eyes of the victims.
U – July 22 premieres in Norway on March 9.
The second season of Acquitted (Frikjent), created and written by Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anna Bache-Wiig, has reached one million views on TV2 Norway.
With the second episode attracting as much as 843, 000 viewers so far, the broadcasting network TV2 believes the numbers will grow, as more people watch the show through reruns or online platforms. The show has previously been described by Variety as “Norway's biggest TV drama hit” and has been nominated in three categories at the 2015 Seoul International Drama Awards.
The second season of Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Anna Bache-Wiig’s original TV series Acquitted (Frikjent) will premiere tonight on TV2 Norway. The show has previously been described by Variety as “Norway's biggest TV drama hit” and has been nominated in three categories at the 2015 Seoul International Drama Awards.
Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen’s original TV series Acquitted (Frikjent) has been nominated in three categories at the 2015 Seoul International Drama Awards, including for the ‘Best Screenwriter’ and ‘Best Mini Series’ Awards.
Following the release of the series’ final episode, Acquitted’s director Geir Henning opened up about his hopes for a second season of the hit drama. The screenwriter duo behind the award nominated series, Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen, have likewise revealed that they are ready to continue the production: “We need to have a story to tell, and we think that we do now. It’s something that we’ve been thinking about for a long time.”
With the premiere attracting 660,000 viewers, drama series Acquitted, written by Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen, turns out to be the biggest TV drama launch in the history of TV2.