Inventing nuclear energy was the easy bit. Figuring out how to safely dispose of nuclear waste is quite a bit trickier. Just ask the Finns – they’ve been struggling for decades with what to do with it. But they have now come up with a solution – build a giant tunnel three miles underground to house the stuff for, uh, the next 100,000 years. Known as ‘Onkalo’ meaning ‘hiding place’, the vast project will have spanned three centuries before it is finished in 2100, when 300,000 tons of radioactive waste will be sealed away. In this haunting creative documentary, director Michael Madsen has quite a few metaphysical questions about the whole endeavour, which he puts to the scientists, academics, politicians and workmen defending it. Assuming that our civilisation dies out, how can we warn future ones not to venture into Onkalo? How can we design something to last 100,000 years when nothing we’ve made so far has lasted a tenth of that time? Enquiring minds want to know...
"’Into Eternity’ combines arresting visuals and ironic social commentary.” – Ronnie Scheib, Variety
- Visions du Réel, 2010, Tribeca 2010, CPH:DOX 2010
- 2005, To Damascus – a Film on Interpretation
- 2003, Celestial Night – a Film on Visibility