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****A riveting documentary.”

– Nigel Andrews,
Financial Times
– Andrew O’Hehir, salon.com
  International Film Circuit presents  



Written and Directed by Michael Madsen
Produced by Lise Lense-Møller

75 mins • 2010 • Denmark / Finland / Sweden • All Digital Formats

::  Read a message from INTO ETERNITY director Michael Madsen in response to the dire emergency in Fukishama after the Japan earthquake  
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::  listen to filmmaker Michael Madsen; interviewed by Ira Flatow
on NPR's "Science Friday"

INTO ETERNITY is a mind-bending film that explores the utter impossibility of storing nuclear waste for 100,000 years, the time estimated by scientists to render it safe. It is, on the one hand, a documentary about the Onkalo storage facility presently under construction in Finland, and on the other hand, a startlingly beautiful work of art and an urgent provocation that ponders the question of who – or what – will remain on this earth when that time frame has elapsed.

“I am tempted to call Into Eternity the most interesting documentary, and one of the most disturbing films,
of the year so far...”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“It is meant to boggle the mind and inspire awe—and it does. As in 2001 or The Time Machine, the story of the human race comes full circle. The unknown past meets the unknowable future in a wintry ground zero.”
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“Intellectually and aesthetically ravishing! It’s a horror movie. Sophisticated and fascinating.”
– Henry Stewart, The L Magazine

Onkalo is a gigantic network of underground tunnels presently being hewn out of the bedrock in Finland. The tunnels will be filled with high-level radioactive waste, which must be kept isolated from human beings and other live organisms for at least 100.000 years. Not only must the facility last 10 times longer than any manmade construction ever, it must also be able to resist all thinkable climate changes, erosion, and evolution. The real challenge, however, is to secure the facility from human intrusion. But can we ensure that? How is it possible to warn future man of the waste we left behind? How do 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?

These are among the many thought-provoking questions pondered in INTO ETERNITY.

“SPECTACULAR visuals, mind-boggling concepts.
What more could you want from a movie?"

– Chris Chang, Film Comment

Tackles a subject almost beyond comprehension ….
Why isn’t every government, every philosopher, every theologian, everywhere in the world discussing Onkalo and its implications?
I don’t know, but they should see this film.”

– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)

''Onkalo (Finnish for “hiding place”) is under construction: it’s a cavernous world of tunnels and corridors, a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste, meant to last 100,000 years. (That’s 20 times as long as the pyramids have so far.) Conceptual artist Michael Madsen’s film is a creepy, eerily elegant meditation on human folly, punctuated by philosophical and historical references, that asks: how do you keep 3,000 future generations from inadvertently opening this Pandora’s Box? Should markers be posted in every language or in hieroglyphics that say “keep out”? (Someone suggests Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” might work nicely.) Would it be better not to post any notice and hope no one will chance upon it? And what about the Ice Age predicted to occur in a mere 60,000 years? Will the weight of the ice impact the structural integrity of Onkalo? If you thought the BP oil spill was scary…''
- Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum

“CRITIC’S PICK. Madsen’s unconventional approach makes the already fascinating subject matter even eerier and more disturbing.”
– Miranda Siegel, New York Magazine

“ *** 1⁄2” Radical and Stunning. Doesn't play like a documentary at all. Watching the film is akin to having a totally immersive, video game-like experience, a journey best described as Lord of the Rings meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. Time seems to stand still.”
– Lauren Wissot, Slant Magazine

“Takes pleasure in blowing your mind in the most beautiful way possible.
A film as poetic as it is educational. Innovative filmmaking at its utmost.”

– Benny Gammerman, Ology.com

“What animates the film is the otherworldliness of the under-construction project, and the paradoxes the finished Onkalo will embody.”
– Mark Jenkins, npr.org

Grand Prize
Paris Int’l Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) 2010
Green Screen Award
IDFA, Amsterdam 2010
Grand Prize
Vision Du Reel - Nyon 2010
Cinema Eye Honor - Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography 2011
Cinema Eye Honor - Outstanding Achievement in an Int’l Feature 2011
Reel Talent Award
for Michael Madsen - CPH:DOX 2010
Audience Award
CPH:DOX - Copenhagen 2009

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