RETURN OF THE ATOM

ATOMIN PALUU

By Mika TAANILA, Jussi EEROLA

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Documentary - Completed 2015

This incisive and often savagely funny documentary chronicles the black comedy of errors that transpired when a remote Finnish island was selected as the site of the first new nuclear power plant in the West following the Chernobyl disaster.

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Toronto - TIFF 2015
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    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FINLAND, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • FINNISH, ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, RUSSIAN, POLISH
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mika TAANILA, Jussi EEROLA
    • Producer(s)
    • Cilla WERNING (KINOTAR OY), Meike MARTENS (BLINKER FILMPRODUKTION)
    • Synopsis
    • Finland was the first country in the west to give permission to build a new nuclear power plant after the Chernobyl disaster. The OL3 plant in Eurajoki is being built by the French nuclear company Areva and was supposed to be ready after five years in 2009, being a calling card for nuclear industry’s second coming globally. However, the project has faced serious problems in planning, construction and safety automation and is delayed over nine years at the moment. The film RETURN OF THE ATOM portrays the strange and stressful life in a small "nuclear town" during an era of nuclear renaissance. There’s hardly any anti-nuclear resistance in Eurajoki, which creates a tense, unspoken consensus amongst local inhabitants and leaves room for paranoid scenarios.
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