22 july featurette

Paul Greengrass‘ emotionally harrowing 22 July hit Netflix this week, and while it might be a hard film to watch, it might be an important one as well. The movie chronicles Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack, when 77 people were killed when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb before carrying out a mass shooting. In the 22 July featurette below, Greengrass and the cast and crew discuss the importance of telling this very charged story.

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22 July Theatrical Release

Filmmaker Paul Greengrass gets most of his credit for visual innovations behind the camera. It’s his work on the Bourne series that film scholar Jonathan Rosenbaum chose as an exemplar of a dominant style in contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, “intensified continuity,” an aesthetic that prioritizes visceral shocks over all story, logic or character matters. But that style’s association with his name masks Greengrass’ pattern of tackling sensitive political issues, a thematic connection that endures whether or not he wrote the script. All his post-9/11 work engages deeply with the world left in its wake – the very root of the War on Terror in United 93, the lingering effects of post colonialism in Captain Phillips – and the institutions calling the shots – the surveillance state in the Bourne series, the military-industrial complex in Green Zone.

22 July, the latest Greengrass project, moves away from an American-centered focus to examine a recent incident of far-right extremism in Norway. But if anyone believes the change of setting exculpates them from listening and heeding the warning, think again. Greengrass offers a thoughtful, terrifying portrait of how white nationalist hatred seeks to subvert the values of liberalism to validate its own existence.

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22 July Theatrical Release

Not too long ago, we found out Netflix was planning to release some of their movies directed by prestige filmmakers into theaters for a limited time alongside their debut in the streaming library. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma was one of the titles, but it sounds like Paul Greengrass‘ thriller 22 July will be the one getting a wider release on the big screen.

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22 July trailer

Netflix continues to amass an incredible roster of filmmakers for their original projects. The latest: Paul Greengrass, director of the Bourne films and Captain Phillips, heads to the streaming service with 22 July. The movie focuses on the true story of Norway’s deadliest terror attack, carried out by a far-right extremist. Based on the 22 July trailer below, this is going to be yet another intense film from Greengrass.

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netflix theatrical

A day after it was reported that Netflix was considering theatrical releases for its highly anticipated prestige pictures, it has been confirmed that the streaming giant will give limited theatrical runs to Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Paul Greengrass‘ 22 July.

However, these awards-season runs aren’t a sign of changing ways for Netflix — this day-and-date release for awards-friendly films is a strategy that the streaming service has practiced since 2015’s Beasts of No Nation.

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