Erik Poppe’s film Utøya – July 22, which premiered at the International Biennale in Berlin earlier this year, opens with a shot of the main character, 18-year-old Kaja, played by the young Norwegian actress Andrea Berntzen, standing in a wood. She stares intensely into the camera and asserts: “You will never understand. This happened to me.” Kaja then leads us to a clearing full of tents and teenagers. Poppe’s film takes us back to the worst terrorist attack in modern Norwegian history, perpetrated in 2011 by the white Norwegian right-wing extremist and white supremacist Anders Behring Breivik. Except for a few split seconds in which we get a glimpse of a man in a black uniform standing on a cliff with a gun, Utøya – July 22 never shows Breivik. Instead, what we see over the course of 72 devastating minutes are defenseless teenagers fleeing and failing to escape...
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Research Article| June 01 2018
Don’t Look Now: Can Norway reckon with the reality of right-wing extremists
World Policy Journal (2018) 35 (2): 34–40.
Sindre Bangstad; Don’t Look Now: Can Norway reckon with the reality of right-wing extremists. World Policy Journal 1 June 2018; 35 (2): 34–40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07402775-7085592
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