First Trailer for Paul Greengrass' Utøya Island Shooting Film '22 July'

September 4, 2018
Source: YouTube

22 July Trailer

"The true story of a day that started like any other." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for a film titled 22 July, the latest feature by action director Paul Greengrass. The film is premiering tomorrow at the Venice Film Festival before playing at TIFF, which is why this trailer is out now. 22 July 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. Earlier this year, another controversial, eye-opening film about the exact same incident - titled Utøya 22 July - played at the Berlin Film Festival to positive reviews. This one looks a bit different, but still incredibly intense and harrowing and very horrifying to watch. Have a first look below.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Paul Greengrass' 22 July, direct from YouTube:

22 July Poster

In Norway on 22 July 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 young people attending a Labour Party Youth Camp on Utøya Island outside of Oslo. A three-part story. About the survivors of the attacks, the political leadership of Norway, and the lawyers involved. 22 July is directed by English filmmaker Paul Greengrass, director of the films Resurrected, The Theory of Flight, Bloody Sunday, The Bourne Supremacy, United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone, Captain Phillips, and Jason Bourne most recently. The screenplay is also written by Paul Greengrass, based upon the book "One of Us" by Åsne Seierstad. This is premiering at the Venice Film Festival this month. Netflix will then release 22 July in select theaters + streaming starting on October 10th later this fall. First impression? Thoughts?

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I'm always torn when films are made about tragedies. I'm always skeptical of the reason and wonder if it's more about capitalization rather than giving voice to the victims for closure. And as much as they try and focus on the survivors as heroes, I feel it also amplifies the monsters to the same degree. I guess I'm just not much for the "dramatic retelling" of such events and would rather watch a documentary with interviews of the survivors.

THE_RAW_ on Sep 4, 2018


Adding dramatic beats and manufacturing emotional relationships between fictional characters who are experiencing a real-life tragedy always seemed exploitative to me. (damn, that was a sentence right there. Hope it makes sense...) I'm with you, I'd much rather watch a doc with real accounts of the event.

grimjob on Sep 4, 2018


Using Norwegian actors and having them speak English.. why? 'mericans allergic to subtitles?

Efterklang on Sep 4, 2018



ErrorSapiens on Sep 4, 2018


Yes, yes they are. Sadly...

Alex Billington on Sep 4, 2018


Why - probably to help with the sales. Not that hard to figure out.

Payne by name on Sep 5, 2018


Don't see the point of this. I mean, it was a horrible thing. But what really works is not always make victims (or perpetrator) the center of it. That's mediocre. Go deeper, find more substance in society and in the mentality of society and time ...

shiboleth on Sep 4, 2018


This is straight up baffling to look at.

Nielsen700 on Sep 5, 2018


Greengrass seems to have shot a horrible re-imagining of what happened in Norway.

DAVIDPD on Sep 5, 2018

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