Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. Tuesday 26th March @ 7.30 p.m
On 22 July 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.
U-JULY 22 is written from testimonies and known facts, and created in close dialogue with several survivors. But out of respect for the victims and their relatives, characters and individual experiences are fictitious.
Much of what has been written and said in the media has been about the manifesto of the terrorist, the judgment and the sentence. With U-JULY 22 director Erik Poppe wanted to describe the youths’ struggle to survive the incomprehensible, and bring attention back to the victims – the ones that got killed, those who survived, their relatives and their families.
92 minutes, Norwegian with English subtitles.
Shown as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival on Tour.
Tickets – €9/ €7.50
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Garter Lane Arts Centre, 5 O’Connell Street, Waterford