Carl Javer – Reconstructing Utoya #Berlinale2019

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The reconstruction of the Utoya massacre as an artistic installation and a psychological instrument to consider the point of view of the victims.

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PODCAST| Angelo Acerbi interviews Carl Javer, director of the film Reconstructing Utoya.

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Carl Javer tells the reasons and the motivations behind the film Reconstructing Utoya; some political and some artistical, but anyway all focused on the victims and their perceptions, leaving completely the terrorist out of the picture.

Reconstructing Utoya: White lines on a dark stage evoke the scene of the 2011 attack that plunged Norway’s open and democratic society into a state of shock. Together with a group of young people, four survivors reconstruct their recollections of the massacre that took place at a youth camp on the island of Utøya. Carl Javer’s film quietly observes a space in which scenes are re-enacted and means of processing trauma and communicating personal experience are made visible. Fleeing from gunshots, hiding in fear, not knowing what is coming next – these are experiences that straddle the borderline between life and death. But within the supportive environment of the group, the participants also manage to reclaim their laughter.


  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Carl Javer
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Reconstructing Utoya
  • Festival section
    Generation 14Plus
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