On 22nd July 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a van in Oslo killing eight people, then shot dead 69 people at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. In August 2012 he was tried and convicted of mass murder and terrorism.
The film not only reconstructs the tragic events of that day, but also shows how the nation responded to the attacks. However, its focus is Viljar Hanssen (Jonas Strand Gravli), a young man who suffered severe injuries and came out the other side to face Anders Behring Breivik (Anders Danielsen Lie) in a lengthy court case.
Paul Greengrass told Deadline: “There are moments… where important work is done to protect democracy, to protect the rule of law… Never let it be said that Breivik was not given a fair trial… The way they structured it, they trusted in the rule of law.”
“That process, in miniature, in that courtroom was a fundamental civics lesson for me in how we must confront these people. We must look carefully and clear-eyed at what it is they think they’re doing.”
22 July will be available to stream on Netflix and released theatrically in select cinemas on 10th October.