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Erik Poppe’s U-JULY 22 receives special mention at Berlin

Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s U-July 22 has been awarded a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin Film Festival.

The film, which recreates in real time the terrorist attack on the island of Utøya that occurred on the 22nd of July 2011, was one of the highest rated among the Golden Bear entries. The film currently has mixed reviews in Norway yet positive reviews abroad.

The Ecumenical Jury said: “In a single take, with a handheld 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 will be released in Norway in March, with no further international releases announced.

A second film about the Norwegian terrorist attacks is currently being directed by Paul Greengrass.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.