U-July 22

On July 22 2011 more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo were attacked by an armed, right-wing extremist. Earlier that day he bombed a Government building in Oslo before making his way to Utøya island. In this first fictional movie about the attack we get to know Kaja (18) and her friends. The movie starts when the youngsters, shocked by the bombing in Oslo, are reassuring their relatives that they are far away from the incident. Suddenly, the safe atmosphere is shattered when shots are heard. We then follow Kaja as she tries to survive – minute by minute.

Film Credits

Original Title: UTØYA 22. JULI
Country: Norway
Language: Norwegian
Duration: 92 min.
Directed by Erik Poppe
Written by Siv Rajendram Eliassen, Anna Bache-Wiig
Produced by Stein B. Kvae, Finn Gjerdrum
Main Cast: Andrea Berntzen

About the director

Erik Poppe (born 24 June 1960) is a Norwegian film director, screenwriter and former cinematographer. Poppe is regarded as one of Europe's most experienced and compelling directors recognized for his work with actors and impeccably well crafted multi-pronged narratives. His movies are often built around strong ensemble casts, sharp writing, impressive camera work and an uncanny knack for rhythm and music in the editing. During the last decade Poppe has become one of the most frequently awarded film directors from Scandinavia. Poppe is probably the only director in Norway who have showed the ability to hit both the critics as well as the audience, taking high admissions in domestic release. His Oslo Trilogy as well as A Thousand Times Good Night and The Kings Choice has been sold to territories worldwide. Erik Poppe is co-owner of Paradox Film and the Paradox Group. A series of companies producing features.