Friday, January 27, 2012

Film Screening in Geneva: "Into Eternity"

Film Screening: "Into Eternity" - Science Fiction or Nuclear Documentary?
Join us Thursday February 9th to watch "Into Eternity" and decide for yourself.

Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen won the Sbs Award for Best International Documentary Film for Into Eternity, looking at how Finland considers their options regarding the very real, very long-term issue of nuclear waste.

When: Thursday February 9th at 20:00
Where: Fonction Cinema, Maison des Arts du Grutli, rue General-Dufour 16, 1204 Geneva. Nearest public transport stops: Place de Neuve, Theatre, Cirque
Sponsored by: Democrats Abroad Geneva, Les Verts Genevois, Sierra Club Geneva
Cost: Admission Free. No reservations.

To be followed by a debate led by Robert Cramer, Conseiller d'Etat.

Energize yourself - come out for an award-winning film and a lively (though not eternal) exchange!

Film (75 min.) shown in English with French subtitles.

"A haunting nonfiction elegy about the threat of the apocalypse, Michael Madsen's “Into Eternity” explores the horrors of anticipating an unpredictable future. Madsen delves into the perilous crevices of Onkalo (which translates as “hiding place”), an ominous cave in Finland tasked with the permanent storage of nuclear waste. Since Onkalo must last 100,000 years, so too must the warnings that its contents are left undisturbed. Madsen focuses on the challenges of the latter task by continually addressing an imaginary audience watching the movie several centuries from now. He delivers the threatening dispatch in an unlikely hybrid of science-fiction and documentary, drenching each moment in otherworldly creepiness." Eric Kohn,

"As human beings, we quantify the world in measurements relative to our biological experience of it. Distance is defined in terms of our physical ability to traverse it, and time is divided in to collective generations at one extreme, and individual acts of consumption at the other.  The sinister joke is that many of the byproducts of our consumptions are not subject to a biological time scale, but to a geological one; those byproducts will in all likelihood outlast mankind, including the most pernicious: nuclear waste." Louis Godfrey,


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