Into Eternity


85 min. minutes | Rated NR

Into Eternity is a semi-documentary about the current construction of the world's first long-term nuclear waste storage facility, Finland's Onkalo—the Finnish word means "hiding place." If everything goes as planned, one month in 2120 will contain the last day of work at Onkalo. And at the end of that day, a big decision will be made: Either leave information about what's beyond the entrance—a three-mile tunnel that contains radioactive waste—or place a rock over the entrance and act like it never happened. Out of sight, out of mind. The humans of 2300? They are near enough temporally and mentally for us to communicate the dangers of Onkalo. But 100,000 years from now? What kind of world will that be? If there are humans at all, they might be as different from us as we are from Neanderthals. At 500 years, the darkness thickens. At 100,000 years, there is nothing but darkness. The director, Michael Madsen, and the experts he interviews are trying to say difficult and impossible things. In the 19th century, this Onkalo would not have presented a philosophical problem. That moment in Europe believed in progress. Humans were getting better and better. History had a direction: forward. History had a motor: spirit, science, class struggle. But then came Darwin, Einstein, quantum physics, two massive world wars, and Hiroshima. When the dust cleared, progress was dead. In our day, anyone with a good education is a Gouldian; meaning, we do not see progress in history but a series of accidents. This is where we are now. Fukushima.


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Film Credits
Michael Madsen
Timo Äikäs, Carl Reinhold Bråkenhjelm, Mikael Jensen, Berit Lundqvist, Wendla Paile