Official film description...
Every day, the world over, large amounts of high level radioactive waste are placed in interim storages which are vulnerable to natural or manmade disasters. In Finland the world's first permanent storage is being constructed a huge system of underground tunnels hewn out of solid rock. It is essential that it lasts 100.000 years, as this is how long the waste remains hazardous. When the waste has been deposited, the facility will be sealed off, never to be reopened. But can we ensure that? How is it possible to warn our descendants of the 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, will they respect our instructions?
Notes on the film...
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…
Rating from our film jury...
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.
“Kubrik made real. You will question everything.” – Little white lies
“A riveting documentary: as spooky as the early scenes of 2001.” - Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
“Jaw-dropping! Tackles a subject almost beyond comprehension. One of the most extraordinary factual films to be shown this year. Madsens film does not merely ask tough questions about the implications of nuclear energy…but about how we, as a race, conceive our own future. This is nothing less than post-human architecture we are talking about. Why isnt every government, every philosopher, every theologian, everywhere in the world discussing Onkalo and its implications? I dont know, but they should see this film.”
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian (UK)
“Intelligent, visually striking! Discusses the practical, political, philosophical and ethical problems entailed with a variety of Scandinavian scientists, administrators and thinkers who all talk slowly, eloquently, and slightly ominously, in excellent English. An eerie, provocative, poetic film.” – Philip French, Observer (UK)
“A quietly philosophical meditation on time and infinity.” – The Independent (UK)
“A hauntingly cool documentary!” – Jason Solomons, The Mail on Sunday (UK)Awards: 2 wins & 6 nominations.
IMDb User-Rating: 7.5/10
Metascore Critics Rating: 68/100
Rotten Tomatoes User Rating: 7.8/10
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Michael Madson
Release Date: 2009
Run Time: 75 minutes
Language (Audio): German, English
Language (Subtitles): German
Movie rights Germany/Switzerland: Cinelibre
DVD-Rights CH: Cinelibre, DE: Alive