Utøya - July 22

In Cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 26 October 2018

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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.

Director Erik Poppe

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"It was important to make [this] Utøya massacre film"
survivor of the July 22, Utøya massacre

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“A gut-wrenching ordeal … a brutal single-take drama from the victims’ perspective … occasionally feels oddly like an old-fashioned war film, as Magnus and Kaja start talking about what they’ll do if they get home alive.  At other times, it can’t help looking queasily like a YA post-apocalyptic dystopia, with Kaja a real-life Katniss Everdeen … an absorbing and moving tribute to the courage of the young victims of Utøya.” 4 Stars, The Guardian

“A movie with the power to re-sensitize us to violence, restoring a terrible shape to the mass horrors we’ve allowed to become abstractions … Shot entirely in a single long-take and possessed by a you-are-there verisimilitude that’s capable of reincarnating a grim tragedy as a gripping entertainment, 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” IndieWire

“Ultimately, it’s an homage to the very generation of young Norwegians who Breivik wanted to obliterate … [there is much] compassion and integrity in Poppe’s approach … harrowing and heart-breaking” Screen International

"Unspooling at the Berlin Film Festival five days after the Parkland mass shooting in Florida, Erik Poppes appropriately agonizing single-take reconstruction of the right-wing terrorist attack that left 69 dead at a political youth camp on a Norwegian island will prompt particularly heated debate as to the ethics and ultimate value of recreating contemporary tragedy as an exercise in cinematic tension. " Guy Lodge, Variety

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