Løkkeberg to make documentary on Norway's Utøya massacre
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
18/05/2012 - After having watched the trial on television from the Oslo Court, where Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik - the man who bombed government buildings in Oslo, killing eight, then shot 69 people, mostly teenagers, on the island of Utøya on July 22, 2011 - is in the dock, Norwegian actress-turned-director Vibeke Løkkeberg turned up to attend the proceedings live. "I was not happy to get so close," she told local press.
Løkkeberg has, after long deliberations, decided to make a documentary about the event - "there must be a film about it, and it should be made in Norway" - and it will be part two of her anti-war trilogy, which started with Tears of Gaza, and will be concluded by Allied, about the bombing of Laksevåg during World War II.
Shot over a year in Gaza by local photographers, Tears of Gaza follows three children during the armed conflict and the period after the ceasefire. It was awarded the Grand Prix at the first ever film festival on the Gaza Strip in 2010, later the Audience Prize at the Göteborg International Film Festival.
Yesterday, on Norway's National Day (May 17), the City of Oslo honoured nine private citizens for their intervention after Breivik's atrocities - some volunteers, some doing their jobs: a policeman, a nursing student, a bus driver, a fire brigade chief - who were invited for a reception and lunch in the City Hall.
Meanwhile, Zodiak Rights has acquired Norway Massacre: The Survivors, a 60-minute documentary produced by firstlooktv, which UK's Channel Five will premiere on May 20. The film includes until now unseen footage from witnesses who filmed the immediate aftermath of the shootings. Survivors from Oslo and Utøya talk about their ordeal and attempts to come to terms with their loss.