FC @ Venice 9: Willem Dafoe as van Gogh, Natalie Portman in ‘Vox Lux’, plus ‘Acusada’

Posted on September 6, 2018


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How many versions of the same story do we need? I saw Utøya 22.juli (U – July 22) at the Berlin Film Festival. The nerve-shredding thriller, directed by Erik Poppe, depicts a terrible chapter in Norway’s history, when a right-wing extremist set off bombs in the government offices in Oslo, then travelled to Utøya island, the location of the Norwegian Labour Party’s youth league summer camp, and opened indiscriminate fire. He killed 69 people and injured 200. I wrote, “Poppe wants to immerse us in these events. He recreates them with a you-are-there frisson, something familiar to us from films like United 93¸ which was about the events on the plane targeted at the White House on 9/11.” And now, at the Venice Film Festival, the latter film’s director, Paul Greengrass, is showing his own film about the Utøya tragedy.

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