Youth film competition
 
 

Utøya: July 22

 

SCREENING TIME

SAT 23.11. AT 18.30 VALVE MAIN HALL

UTØYA: JULY 22
Norway 2018 | 93 min 
Subtitles: Finnish, Swedish
NOT FOR PERSONS UNDER 16
Original title: Utøya 22. juli 
Director: Erik Poppe 
Script: Siv Rajendram Eliassen, Anna Bache-Wiig 
Cinematography: Martin Otterbeck 
Editing: Einar Egeland 
Cast: Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Solveig Koløen Birkeland, Brede Fristad, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne, Jenny Svennevig, Ingeborg Enes, Sarosh Sadat, Ada Eide 
Production: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae | Paradox Film 7 AS, email firmapost@paradox.no, www.paradox.no
Distribution: Nordisk Film, www.nordiskfilm.fi

   

A striking depiction of survival during a terror attack that underlines the brutality of the outrage without emphasising violence or the perpetrator.

 

Approximately one and a half hours after a car bomb has detonated in the centre of Oslo in July 2011, a far-right terrorist dressed as a police officer opens fire on the island of Utøya, where more than 500 14 to 18-year-olds participate in the Labour Party youth division’s summer camp. Instead of enjoying a brilliant summer day, the young are forced to fight for their lives in a nightmarish situation.

 

Utøya: July 22 tells a fictional story of a warm and sunny 18-year-old called Kaja, who has persuaded her younger sister Emilie to go with her to a political summer camp on the island of Utøya, 40 kilometres from Oslo.

 

After hearing about the bombing in Oslo, people are in schock and disbelief, but concern for family and friends on the mainland suddenly changes into panic and horror, when the terrorist opens fire on the island.

 

The documentary-like approach of the movie manages to surprise with its stripped-down execution, and it's imprinted on one’s memory for a long time.

Director Erik Poppe
Director Erik Poppe