22 July

The true story of a day that started like any other

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22 July
The true story of a day that started like any other
In 22 JULY, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Greengrass (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, UNITED 93) tells the true story of the aftermath of Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack. On 22 July 2011, 77 people were killed when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens. 22 JULY uses the lens of one survivor’s physical and emotional journey to portray the country's path to healing and reconciliation.
Paul Greengrass
2 h 23 min
Release Date
10 October 2018
Scott Rudin Productions
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Gregory Goodman
Åsne Seierstad, Paul Greengrass
Original Music Composer
Sune Martin
Director of Photography
Pål Ulvik Rokseth
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Jonas Strand Gravli, Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden, Seda Witt, Ola G. Furuseth, Maria Bock, Isak Bakli Aglen, Thorbjørn Harr, Marit Andreassen, Øystein Martinsen, Valborg Frøysnes, Thor-Harald Normann, Anders Kulsrud Storruste, Monica Borg Fure, Mathias Eckhoff, Selma Strøm Sönmez, Hilde Olausson, Lena Kristin Ellingsen, Anneke von der Lippe, Trygve Svindland, Trim Balaj, Pål Espen Kilstad, Håkon Smeby, Endre Hellestveit, Lars Arentz-Hansen, Turid Gunnes, Ulrikke Hansen Døvigen, Hasse Lindmo, Tone Danielsen, Vivian Hein, Fredrik Stenberg Ditlev-Simonsen, Charlotte Grundt, Ingri Enger Damon, Mikkel Bratt Silset, André Sørum, Tomas Gudbjartsson, Andri Wilberg Orrason, Eindride Eidsvold, Joakim Skarli, Marita Fjeldheim Wierdal, Terje Ranes, Øyvind Venstad Kjeksrud, Silje Breivik, Mette Scarth Tønseth, Ellen Birgitte Winther, Ole Aleksander Wold Lien
MA 15+
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Anders Behring Breivik dresses in a police uniform, loads a van with home-made explosives, and drives to Regjeringskvartalet, the executive government quarter in Oslo, Norway. He leaves the van outside the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Moments later, it explodes, causing several casualties.

On the island of Utøya in Tyrifjorden, Buskerud, teenagers have arrived for Workers’ Youth League (AUF) summer camp, organised by the ruling Labour Party. When they learn of the bombing, one student, Viljar Hanssen, calls his parents to make sure they are unhurt.

Breivik arrives at the ferry landing and tells staff he is a police officer sent to secure the island following the attack. The camp director transport him to the island by boat. Breivik instructs the staff to gather the children in one location. When the head of security asks for ID, Breivik shoots him and the director dead. The children flee as Breivik opens fire, murdering dozens.

Viljar and his brother Torje hide on a rocky embankment on the beach. Viljar calls his mother to tell him a shooting is in progress. Breivik finds the group and starts shooting. Viljar is shot multiple times, but Torje escapes unharmed. Breivik surrenders to a tactical team and is brought inland for interrogation.

Breivik claims he is the leader of a white nationalist group called the Knights Templar and that more attacks will happen on his signal. He requests the aid of lawyer Geir Lippestad, who defended a Neo-Nazi. Lippestad is morally conscientious of his client and professionally bonded by his ethics as a lawyer. Lippestad tries to argue an insanity defense for Breivik, which draws criticism as it means he will be institutionalized instead of imprisoned. With the help of various psychiatrists and psychologists, Breivik is possibly diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Breivik tells Lippestad he wants to be declared competent to legitimize his attacks.

Viljar wakes from a coma with life-changing injuries and returns home with his family. He learns to walk again, but is haunted by memories of the attack. With the support of his mother, and another survivor of the attack on Utøya, he appears in court as a witness and delivers an account of the massacre. Breivik is sentenced to indefinite solitary confinement.

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