‘Into Eternity’ Ponders a Present-Day Paradox | SF360

Danish conceptual artist-filmmaker Michael Madsen’s film titled “Into Eternity” has become surprising popular in Japan. No wonder why.

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  1. “Into Eternity” by Michael Madsen from Denmark is the winner of the First International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro 2011

    Uranium Film Festival Award goes to Denmark

    With unexpected surprises that added glamour to the First International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro which ended Saturday night (28th of May 2011) in the historical Manson “Laurinda Santos Lobo”. The filmmakers and guests were treated to a feast of food and traditional drinks, like Cachaça Magnifica and Caiprinhas of Rio de Janeiro.

    From 34 international productions surrounding the nuclear fuel chain and radioactive risks four winners were selected. The best feature film – selected by the jury – was a new production by Director Michael Madsen from Denmark “Into Eternity”. An impressive film which deals with the philosophical questions of the issues concerning the permanent storage of high-level nuclear waste. The film brings the audience down thousands of meters into a rock formation in the countryside of Finland where the construction of the first high-level nuclear waste storage facility is been built.

    The best short film of this first International Uranium Film Festival – selected by the Jury – was a Costa Rican production of director Pablo Ortega of the University of Costa Rica: Uranio 238: La Bomba Sucia del Pentágono, Uranium 238: The Pentagon’s Dirty Pool.

    “In my 25 years as an anti-DU activist this experience has been a highlight in the exposure of a very serious problem that faces mankind today: The use of radioactive waste as a military weapon”, says Damacio A. Lopez, the executive director of the International Depleted Uranium Study Team (IDUST) who represented the film together with Isabel Macdonald from the San José Quaker Peace Centre of Costa Rica.

    Isabel Macdonald: “Winning this award will help the efforts towards an international treaty banning DU weapons world-wide.”

    The audience award for the best short film were given to: “Césio 137. O brilho da morte”, directed by Luiz Eduardo Jorge of Brazil. His documentary shows the events that transpired in a real live tragedy about the release of Caesium-137 into a populated area in 1987 in the city of Goiânia, Brazil. This was the worst radioactive accident in Latin America, which cost the lives of many people and the health of hundreds or possibly thousands of survivors.

    “Césio 137. O brilho da morte” was produced by Laura Pires as well as the winner of the audience award for the best movie: “Césio 137. O pesadelo de Goiânia”. Director Roberto Pires contracted famous Brazilian actors for this important and first ever made film of this nuclear accident in central Brazil. The script of “Césio 137. O pesadelo de Goiânia” is based on statements by the victims and medical personal attending the victims, taken by Roberto Pires at the time of the accident, who himself some years later died from radiation exposure.

    A big surprise for the invited guests was the appearance of three representatives of the indigenous peoples of Brazil who gave a musical performance and a prayer to the Uranium Film Festival and its guests. Chief Alfonso Apurina from the Amazon state Acre and his two companions from other indigenous peoples were invited by the festival organizers in respect of their traditional land rights to Brazil and in respect to their struggle to preserve the Old Indigenous Museum of Rio de Janeiro, that is in danger because of construction of projects to accommodate the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games.

    The First International Uranium Film Festival and its Award Ceremony ended with another, a real “bombastic” surprise. “Atomic Bombs on the Planet Earth”, the newest production of the famous film director Peter Greenaway was shown to the selected audience. “We received that fantastic short film of Greenaway today”, said Festival director Norbert G. Suchanek. “We have decided that Atomic Bombs on Planet Earth will be the Opening Film of the 2nd International Uranium Film Festival May/June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro!”

    Filmmakers and producers are already invited to send their documentaries and movies!

    Marcia Gomes de Oliveira

    http://www.uraniumfilmfestival.org 

    • OdC says:

      Thank you for the update about “Into Eternity”. Also, it’s good to know about the festival. I’ll keep an eye on it.

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