Andrea Berntzen (Kaja) in a scene from Erik Poppe’s “U – 22 July,” screening in the Berlinale’s competition.
Photo © Agnete Brun, courtesy of the Berlinale
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A wrenching drama recounting Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre in Norway in real time seeks to put the focus back on the young victims and away from the neo-Nazi mass murderer. Tracing the horror of that summer day at a Norwegian Labour Party Youth League camp on the island of Utoya, "U – 22 July" premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival Monday, just days after one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, killing 17 in Florida.Poppe's keenly awaited film is one of 19 pictures vying for the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival, to be awarded Saturday.British director Paul Greengrass, who won the Golden Bear in 2002 for "Bloody Sunday," is reportedly making his own film about the massacre for Netflix, titled "Norway". Some survivors in Norway nevertheless strongly criticized the decision to make the film.
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