Into Eternity

This place should not be disturbed

Every day, the world over, large quantities of highly radioactive waste are placed in interim storage facilities which are vulnerable to natural or manmade disasters.

In Finland the world's first permanent storage facility is being constructed inside a mountain. A huge system of underground tunnels have been hewn out of solid rock. It is essential that it lasts 100.000 years, as long as the waste remains hazardous.

Once the waste has been deposited and the cleats are filled, the system is sealed and never opened again. At least we hope so, but can we guarantee it? How is it possible to warn our descendants of the fatal waste we left behind? How can we prevent them from thinking they have found the pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures? Which languages and signs will they understand, and if they understand them, will they take our instructions seriously?

While giant, monstrous machines dig deeper and deeper into the dark, experts of the day strive to find solutions to the nuclear waste question to guarantee security for humanity and all species of the planet Earth now and in a very distant future.

"Into Eternity" captures audiences with an unseen journey into the underworld and into the future, captivating, miraculous and frightening.

"Into Eternity" shows the absurdly extensive efforts required to – allegedly – ensure that no life form tries to excavate radioactive nuclear waste.

The film largely spares us facts, numbers and calculations, and hardly passes any judgement. Instead, it shows us meditative, calm and impressive images. "Into Eternity" raises many questions but answers very few of them. In the end, however, it actually answers the questions by not answering them...

An intelligent yet entertaining film that unleashes emotions and stimulates the senses. "Into Eternity" is perfect for big events, major campaigns and secondary school classes.

It succeeds in documenting an issue that has never been documented before. The interconnections between different factors are clearly explained, and the film gives a good view of different perspectives. As the film goes on, the relevance of problems concerning our ecological existence becomes more and more apparent, and viewers are able to relate these to their own everyday life.

"Into Eternity" contains clear facts, remains objective and has great scientific value.

At the same time, it succeeds in involving viewers on the emotional level. This film teaches us respect, leaves us astounded and triggers our sense of responsibility.

The structure of the film is plausible and creates tension. The images and scenes are visually stunning and intensely expressive; many of them are unique. The cinematography and editing are remarkable, and the soundtrack well-chosen.

Director(s): Michael Madsen
Script: Michael Madsen, Jesper Bergmann
Production: Lise Lense-Møller
Year: 2009
Duration: 75 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 14
Language (audio): German, English
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: Denmark
Shooting Locations:
Screening rights: Cinelibre (Switzerland) | Cinelibre (Germany)

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Main topic(s): Energy
Secondary topics: atomic energy externalisation
Mentions: nuclear power nuclear power plant radioactive radioactivity waste catastrophes future radiation radioactive waste nuclear waste uranium
Topic Page(s): Energy


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