Director Paul Greengrass is not one to shy away from difficult material. While he’s given us blockbusters in the Bourne franchise, he’s probably most known for his riveting and Oscar-nominated direction of United 93, the docudrama of the passengers who foiled one of the many terrorist attacks that hit the US on 9/11. Greengrass’s examination of 1972 shooting in Derry, Ireland in Bloody Sunday also
22 July follows that theme and there probably isn’t a director working more adept at tackling this. Detailing the worst terrorist attack in Norway’s history, the film explores right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who murdered 77 people on July 22, 2011, in attacks carried out with a car bomb in Oslo and a teen camp on the secluded island of Utøya.
At the film’s premiere at the Venice International Film Festival last week, Greengrass said:
Cinema embraces many forms and many subjects, but its theme is always our humanity. It can show us love and wonder, find truth and beauty in the smallest of private moments, or thrill and entertain us with magnificent spectacles of imagined worlds. But from time to time, cinema must also dare to look unflinchingly at the way the world is – how it is moving, where it is going, and how we can confront it. This is the reason I set out to tell the inspiring story of Norway’s response to the
right-wingterrorist attack of 22 July 2011.
Greengrass also wrote the film, which is based on the book “One of Us: The Story of an Attack in Norway — and Its Aftermath,” by Asne Seierstad.
The film stars Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden, Jonas Strand Gravli, Maria Bock, Thorbjørn Harr, Ola G. Furuseth, Seda Witt, and Isak Bakli Aglen.
Following its Venice and Toronto International Film Festival plays, Netflix will release 22 July globally on its streaming platform on October 10th as well as in select theaters.
Here is the trailer.