Filmmaker Paul Greengrass has never shied away from telling unsettling true stories, and “22 July” is no exception. His latest film tells the true story of the terrorist attacks in Norway in 2011, when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb and then went on a shooting spree at a Workers’ Youth League summer camp, killing 77 in all. The film premieres at the Venice Film Festival on September 5 before debuting on Netflix and in select theaters on October 10. Watch the trailer above.
This isn’t the first time Greengrass has tackled terrorism head-on. In 2002 he helmed “Bloody Sunday,” which told the true story of a 1972 Irish civil rights march that ended in a massacre by British troops. A few years later he directed “United 93,” a fly-on-the-wall thriller that dramatized the hijacking of the title flight on September 11, 2001. He earned his first — and to date his only — Oscar nomination for Best Director for “United,” but his 2013 drama “Captain Phillips,” about the hijacking of a cargo ship, earned six Oscar noms including Best Picture.
“Captain Phillips” also earned Greengrass his sole Golden Globe nomination for Best Director. But while Greengrass hasn’t been awarded by many industry groups stateside, he’s a darling of the BAFTAS back home, where his work in film and television has earned him a combined nine nominations and three wins, including Best Director for “United 93.”
Netflix is also seeking another Oscar breakthrough. Earlier this year it made history by earning four nominations for its original film “Mudbound” and winning Best Documentary Feature for “Icarus.” This fall will see an even more aggressive push for the streaming service, which also has awards contenders by Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma“), the Coen Brothers (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”) and more. The streaming service even retained elite Oscar strategist Lisa Taback to run their campaigns.
So what do you think? Does “22 July” look like an Oscar contender to you?
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