Director John Appel’s film about last year’s mass shooting and bomb attack in Norway will open the 25th annual International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, which takes place from November 14-25.
Wrong Time Wrong Place (pictured), which was produced by Carmen Cobos, is billed as an “essay on the insignificance of life and the role played by chance” that uses the July 22, 2011 mass killing on the Norwegian island Utoya and concurrent bombing in the capital Oslo as a starting point. Several people caught up in the violence explain how their lives changed forever that day, including members of the families of victims and a man who had a chance meeting with Anders Breivik, the man later convicted of carrying out the attacks, on a ferry.
“The film shows how small, seemingly trivial events can upset the fine balance between life and death,” the festival’s organizers wrote in a press release.
To mark the festival’s 25th year, the film will screen on the same evening in 25 cinemas throughout the Netherlands.
This is the second time one of Appel’s docs has been selected as IDFA’s opening night film. In 1999, his film André Hazes – Zij gelooft in mij opened the festival and went on to win the award for best feature-length documentary that year.
Wrong Time Wrong Place will compete for the VPRO IDFA Award for best feature-length documentary and for the IDFA Award for Dutch documentary. The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony on November 23.