Reconstructing Utøya: Nordic Council Film Prize nominee, Sweden

How do we talk about the unspeakable?

A feature documentary where four survivors from the Utøya terrorist attack in 2011 reconstruct their memories in a black box studio together with twelve young participants in order to share and remember their experiences.

Six years after the attack Rakel, Mohammed, Jenny and Torje, all survivors of Utøya, gather in northern Norway to remember and to reconstruct what happened . To their help they have a group of twelve participating young adults. The aim is to reconstruct and to remember how they managed to survive at Utøya during that massacre.  With the help of the participants and white tape markings that depict the different locations relevant for each survivor, the 10,000 square feet black box studio becomes a memory room for the event at the island.

When they start all the memories comes back. 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Reconstructing Utøya
  • Director
    Carl Javér
  • Producer
    Fredrik Lange, John Arvid Berger, Svein Andersen, Kjetil Jensberg, Helle Faber Ami Ekström
  • Writers
    Carl Javér, Fredrik Lange
  • Photo
    Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Martin Otterbeck, Trude Ottersen
  • Playtime
    1 h 33 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Production
    Vilda Bomben Film AB, Polarfox AS, FilmCamp AS, made in copenhagen ApS, Film i Väst AB
  • Distributor
    Tour de Force