Magazine article Screen International

TrustNordisk Closes First Deals on Utoya Film 'U - July 22' (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

TrustNordisk Closes First Deals on Utoya Film 'U - July 22' (Exclusive)

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Erik Poppe’s U - July 22 has its world premiere in Berlinale Competition.

Andrea Berntzen

TrustNordisk has closed a number of deals on Erik Poppe’s U - July 22 ahead of the film’s world premiere here on Monday in Competition.

The film has sold to Latin America (California), China (HGC), Korea (Cinema de Manon), Hungary (Vertiog), Slovakia and Czech Republic (Film Europe) and Portugal (Alambique).

Poppe’s story is set on July 22, 2011, when 500 youths were at a youth Labour summer camp on Utoya island outside Oslo, where they were attacked by terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.

Poppe very much wanted to avoid focusing on Breivik - in the film he is not named and just glimpsed as a passing figure - as he wanted to tell the story from the point of view of the youths. …

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