One of Norway's most popular directors, Erik Poppe, abandons prestigious dramas to tell a story that most of his compatriots would rather forget: about the massacre on the island of Utøya that took place on 22 July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik opened fire on participants at a Labor Party youth camp. Sixty-nine people were killed and more than a hundred more wounded. When I look at Europe today, I see the popularity of neofascists growing day by day. That's why it's so important that we always remember what happened on this island, said Poppe after the film's premiere at the Berlin Festival. His controversial film will certainly remain with viewers for a long time: showing the tragic course of the "worst day in Norwegian history" only from the perspective of the victims, he keeps hitting viewers right in the solar plexus for 72 minutes-exactly the amount of time the attack itself lasted-not allowing them to catch their breath for even a moment.
Born in 1960, Erik Poppe is a Norwegian director, screenwriter and cinematographer who grew up in Portugal. He worked as a war photographer for VG and Reuters. He made his directorial debut in 1998 with the film Bunch of Five, the first part of his Oslo trilogy,while Hawaii, Oslo, 1,000 Times Good Night and the award-winning The King's Choice, chosen in 2016 as Norway's candidate for the Oscars, solidified his position. U - July 22, his latest film, was screened at the Berlin Festival.
2004 Hawaje, Oslo / Hawaii, Oslo
2013 Po tysiąc razy dobranoc / Tusen ganger god natt / A Thousand Times Good Night
2016 Wybór króla / Kongens nei / The King's Choice
2018 Utøya. 22 lipca / Utøya 22. juli / U - July 22