Utøya 22. juli U - July 22
On July 22, 2011, a heavily armed right-wing extremist attacked a youth Labour summer camp on Utøya island outside Oslo. The murderous attack claimed the lives of 69 victims. U – July 22 is about that day, the worst day in modern Norway’s history.
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.
World premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on February 19, 2018.
Written by Anna Bache-Wiig and Siv Rajendram Eliassen. Directed by Erik Poppe.
“Erik Poppe’s Utøya July 22 is a visceral, brutal, yet heartfelt and earnest movie, which imbibes the innocent bewilderment and horror of its young characters.”
“The film has the power to make our bodies catch up with our hearts — the power to help us safely experience the kind of terror we need to remember in a way that makes it impossible for us to forget.”
“This singular masterpiece demonstrates the power cinema can have to articulate the ineffable.”
“Nothing short of a masterpiece.”
“U-July 22 is a necessary film. And a terribly great film that takes us to the heart of the worst terrorist attack on Norwegian soil: the youth.”
“In the way the story is told, the spectator is forced into the film and it creates a closeness to the teenagers and their experience in a way that could not have been done better. ”
“It’s very moving how well the film, with the politically engaged Kaja in focus, portrays the attack’s far-reaching effects on Norway's political future.”
“[The] combination of extreme subject matter, supercharged emotional stakes, and the one-take approach make for a transformative cinematic experience. /…/ They succeed in making us feel as though we are legitimate eyewitnesses to the action.”
- Anna Bache-Wiig & Siv Rajendram Eliassen