access>CINEMA brings Utøya – July 22 to Irish cinemas from October 26

access>CINEMA brings Utøya – July 22 to Irish cinemas from October 26

access>CINEMA is distributing Erik Poppe's powerful new film Utøya – July 22, which opens in Irish cinemas from Friday October 26

Utøya – July 22 recreates the tragic events that happened on the Norwegian island of Utøya in 2011. 

Poppe, who previously directed A Thousand Times Good Night, based Utøya – July 22 on survivor testimonies and shoots his film from the perspective of the teenagers trapped on the island.

In doing so he treats the events and victims with the compassion they deserve, whilst also providing a visceral and thought-provoking experience for the viewer.


On July 22 2011 more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo were attacked by an armed, right-wing extremist. Earlier that day he bombed a Government building in Oslo before making his way to Utøya island.

In this first fictional movie about the attack we get to know Kaja (18) and her friends.

Utøya – July 22 starts when the youngsters, shocked by the bombing in Oslo, are reassuring their relatives that they are far away from the incident.

Suddenly, the safe atmosphere is shattered when shots are heard. We then follow Kaja as she tries to survive – minute by minute.

Where can I see Utøya – July 22?

Irish Film Institute Dublin:

From Friday October 26

Junior Film Fleadh Galway:

Wednesday November 7

Belltable Limerick:

Monday November 26

If you would like to organise a screening of Utøya – July 22 in your locality, please get in contact on or 01 679 4420.