prog: 2056


The Otolith Group, 2012, GB, HD, ov jp st ang, 64'

Commissioned as part of dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, The Radiant explores the aftermath of March 11, 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed many thousands and caused the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. A film essay burdened by the difficult task of representing the invisible aftermath of nuclear fallout, The Radiant travels through time and space to invoke the historical promises of nuclear energy and the threats of radiation that converge in Japan’s illuminated cities and evacuated villages in the months immediately following the disasters. The Otolith Group’s cinematic document offers glimpses into the shape and presence of an unseen entity and its abstract manifestation through visual phenomena.

+ Safety Zone

Lukas Kokes, 2007, CZ, video, ov st ang, 13'

A bee-keeper lives nearby a nuclear power plant in Temelin, Czech Republic. The honey he makes does not sell well in the market, for people are scared of being affected by radiation. This documentary expresses the problems of nuclear energy, safety, fear of radiation, and how people living nearby are affected, all through the element of honey.

27.11 > 19:00 + 13.12 > 21:00
5€ / 3,5€

Michael Madsen, 2010, DK, video, ov st fr & ang, 75'

Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storages, which are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.
Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, this feature documentary takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future.

+ White Horse

Maryann De Leo & Christophe Bisson, 2008, US, HD, ov ru st fr & ang, 18'

In April 1986, Maxim Surkow was evacuated to Kiev three days after the Chernobyl catastrophe – along with 48,000 of the other inhabitants of Pripjat. Now he is searching for traces of his childhood among the apartment blocks of a ghost town.

28.11 > 19:00 + 04.12 > 19:00
5€ / 3,5€

Sebastian Mez, 2013, DE, video, ov st ang, 84'

On 29 September 1957, a nuclear accident took place in the Southern Urals about which the world did not know for many years. The ultra-secrecy of the Soviet regime meant that local residents were not warned. Behind Chernobyl and Fukushima, the Kyshtym disaster is the third most serious nuclear accident in history. An area of 23,000 square kilometres is still highly radioactive and among the most contaminated places in the world. Impressive black-and-white images of deserted landscapes are complemented by the powerful testimony of witnesses and people who decades later must still deal with the event’s aftermath.

+ Le sacrifice

Wladimir Tcherkoff, 2003, CH, video, ov ru st fr, 25'

Immediately after the Chernobyl disaster, where the radiation was too strong for the machines, hundreds of men, called liquidators, worked day and night to stop the fire and to cover the reactor of a "sarcophagus". Wladimir Tchertkoff, an Italian journalist, released with Emanuela Andreoli this documentary on the liquidators of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

05.12 > 19:00 + 18.12 > 19:00
5€ / 3,5€

The China Syndrome

Le syndrome chinois

James Bridges, 1979, US, 35mm, ov st fr & nl, 122'

"The China Syndrome" is a terrific thriller that incidentally raises the most unsettling questions about how safe nuclear power plants really are. It was received in some quarters as a political film, and the people connected with it make no secret of their doubts about nuclear power. The events leading up to the "accident" in "The China Syndrome" are indeed based on actual occurrences at nuclear plants. But the movie is, above all, entertainment: well-acted, well-crafted, scary as hell.
On the day of its release on 16 March 1979, the film was condemned by the US nuclear lobby. A few days later, on 28 March 1979, the world discovered the name of the plant at Three Miles Island and the “The China Syndrome” became a blockbuster.

07.12 > 21:30 + 14.12 > 19:00
5€ / 3,5€

+ Substanz

Sebastian Mez, 2014, DE, HD, no dial, 15'

Working with footage that the filmmaker captured in Japan 2011 right after an unimaginable catastrophe hit the country, this cinematic composition examine the randomness and distance of the footage itself, in order to attain a new level of perception by overlapping image and sound and therefore recreating a sensation of being lost in a foreign country under state of emergency.

+ Machine to Machine

Philippe Rouy, 2013, FR, video, no dial, 32'

Philippe Rouy approaches, if one may say so, the focus of the Fukushima disaster as well as the heart of this invisible disorder. We find ourselves in the guts of the power station, filmed by robots which move about blindly. The supposedly rigourouse machine explorations (anything else is impossible) are replied to with chaotic, hallucinatory images — unreadable except in terms of the canon of experimental cinema. Rouy ventures to give rhythm to the inhuman images in the paradox of the visible that attempts to take the invisible into account — but very tangibly, fatally.

+ Slow Action

Ben Rivers, 2011, GB, video, ov st fr, 45'

Slow Action is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film which exists somewhere between documentary, ethnographic study and fiction. Slow Action applies the idea of island biogeography - the study of how species and eco-systems evolve differently when isolated and surrounded by unsuitable habitat - to a conception of the Earth in a few hundred years; the sea level rising to absurd heights, creating hyperbolic utopias that appear as possible future mini-societies.

05.12 > 21:00 + 13.12 > 19:00
5€ / 3,5€

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id_rubrique: 2059
prog: 2056
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