Die Gewinner 2016

URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL MAM RIO DE JANEIRO

Sechs „atomare“ Filme aus Australien, Brasilien, Dänemark, Italien, Spanien und der Schweiz wurden beim 6. Internationalen Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro mit der Trophäe „Yellow Einstein“ ausgezeichnet.

DIE URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL PREISTRÄGER 2016

Rio de Janeiro / 1. JUNI 2016 - Das sechste Internationale Uranium Film Festival von Rio de Janeiro hat  sechs „atomare“ Filme aus Australien, Brasilien, Dänemark, Italien, Spanien und der Schweiz mit seiner Trophäe, dem „Yellow Einstein“ ausgezeichnet. Weitere vier Filme aus Deutschland, Italien, Spanien und den Niederlanden bekamen eine besondere Anerkennung. 

Insgesamt zeigte das Festival in der Cinematheque von Rio de Janeiros Museum für Moderne Kunst (MAM Rio) 49 Filme über Atomkraft, Uran, nukleare Sicherheit und radioaktiven Risiken. 13  Regisseure, Filmemacher und Produzenten waren in Rio mit dabei. Die besten und wichtigsten Filme wurden durch die internationale Jury des Festivals ausgezeichnet.

"Seit Anbeginn der Zeit ist Natur und Menschheit radioaktiver Strahlung ausgesetzt.  Es gibt natürliche Strahlung, die aus dem Weltraum sowie aus dem Boden unter unseren Füßen kommt. Seit der Entdeckung und Nutzung des Urans sind wir allerdings seit mehr als 100 Jahren zusätzlich der „künstlichen“ Strahlung beispielsweise durch Uranbergbau und durch mehr als 2000 Atombomben, die von den fünf „Atom-Mächten“ USA, Russland, Frankreich, Großbritannien und China sowie von Indien und Pakistan in der Atmosphäre gezündet wurden“, sagt Festivaldirektor Norbert G. Suchanek.

Radioaktivität ist unsichtbar und hat weder Geschmack noch Geruch. Suchanek: “Es ist eine große Herausforderung, etwas zu filmen, das man nicht sehen kann, das uns aber gleichzeitig schädigen und sogar töten kann. Das Uranium Film Festival hat es sich deshalb zur Pflicht gemacht, diesen Filmemacher, die sich dieser schweren, aber gleichzeitig auch wichtigen und risikoreichen Aufgabe stellen, zu ehren und ihren Filmen eine internationale Plattform zu geben.“

Die Trophäe des Uranium Film Festivals ist ein Kunstwerk des brasilianischen Abfall-Material-Künstlers Getúlio Damado, der im berühmten Künstlerviertel Santa Teresa von Rio de Janeiro lebt arbeitet und wo auch das erste internationale Uranium Film Festival im Mai 2011 stattfand. Die Trophäe kreiert Getúlio aus dem Müll, den er in den Straßen von Santa Teresa sammelt. Dazu verwendet er auch alte, zerbrochene Uhren zur Erinnerung and die erste Atombombe, die Hiroshima vernichtete. Als die Atom-Bombe am 6. August 1945 über dem Stadtzentrum Hiroshimas explodierte, blieben alle Uhren in der Stadt genau um 8:15 Uhr stehen.

"In den vergangenen sechs Jahren trug unsere Auszeichnung den Spitznamen Yellow Oscar. Doch Anfang 2016 hat nun offensichtlich auch die berühmte Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood unser Festival entdeckt und uns die Verwendung des Namens Oscar untersagt. Deshalb haben wir einen neuen Namen für unsere Trophäe gesucht und gefunden, der vielleicht sogar noch besser passt. Unser Preis heisst jetzt Yellow Einstein,“ erklärt Festivaldirektor Norbert G. Suchanek

YELLOW EINSTEIN AWARD TO ....

BEST DOCUDRAMA
THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD

Denmark, 2014,  Director Peter Anthony, Producer Jakob Staberg, Statement Film, Co-production: WG Film, Doc-Fiction with Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Stanislav Petrov, Sergey Shnyryov, u.a., Docudrama, 105 min. www.themanwhosavedtheworldmovie.com

1983. The Cold War is seconds from exploding. The world holds its breath as the superpowers USA and Russia are arming themselves against each other with thousands of nuclear missiles. On the 26th of September, Russian radars intercept five nuclear missiles on their way to Russia. Stanislav Petrov is commander-in-chief. The decision that would start World War III rests on his shoulders. Should Russia fire nuclear missiles at the United States in defence? 'The Man Who Saved the World' is an epic Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine, while also being a gripping story about the man who actually saved the world, and his struggle to get his life back on track before it is too late.   “I often get the chance to play a hero. But Stanislav is a true real-life hero.” Kevin Costner 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL

Australia, 2015, Director Wain Fimeri, Producer Sonya Pemberton and Genepool Productions for SBS Australia, PBS America & ZDF/Arte. Documentary in 3 parts, 51 min each.  www.genepoolproductions.com

The untold story of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth. Legends say there’s a world beneath this one where a dragon lies sleeping. They say be careful how you wake the dragon. The year 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the most profound change in the history of human enterprise on Earth: the unleashing of the elemental force within uranium, the explosion of an atomic bomb, the unleashing of the dragon. Come on an epic journey with physicist and YouTube phenomenon Dr Derek Muller to discover the untold story of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth. Love it or loathe it, whatever your views on uranium, this series will challenge them.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
FUKUSHIMA: A NUCLEAR STORY

Italy, 2015, Director Matteo Gagliard, Production Christine Reinhold, Teatro Primo Studio – Film Beyond. Documentary, 84 min, http://www.nuclearstory.com/

A powerful documentary – shot from March 11th, 2011 through March 2015 – that sheds some light on what really happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 2011 earthquake and the tsunami that followed. An exclusive journey of four years inside the triple tragedy which hit Japan on March 11, 2011, following Italian Sky News reporter Pio d’Emilia who has lived in Japan for more than thirty years. 

BEST BRAZILIAN SHORT FICTION 
DEVIL’S WORK

Brazil/USA, 2015, Director Miguel Silveira, Producer J.Charles Banks, Scott Riehs, Hugo Kenzo, Dp John Wakayama Carey, Missy Hernandez. Fiction, 19 min,  https://vimeo.com/110934948 

A troubled 14-years-old boy grows increasingly isolated as he obsesses over the circumstances surrounding his father death his descent puts him on a dismal and potentially violent course that will lead to major truths and even greater questions. His father was US-Soldier and died because of Depleted Uranium. "The first ever made Brazilian/US movie about the use of Depleted Uranium Weapons."

BEST ANIMATED FILM 
LUCENS

Switzerland, 2015, Director Marcel Barelli, Producer Nicolas Burlet, Nadasdy film, Coproduced by RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera. Animation, 7 min. http://lucensfilm.blogspot.com.br - Trailer: https://vimeo.com/134106134

The story of the first nuclear power plant 100 per cent in Switzerland ... but also the last. 

BEST SHORT FICTION 
GRAFFITI

Spain, 2015, Director Lluis Quilez, Producer Lluis Quilez, Ester Velasco, Cristian Guijarro. Fiction, 30 min, www.graffitishortfilm.com

An apocalyptic world. A devastated city. One last survivor. Edgar has learned to survive on his own avoiding contaminated areas by the "incident" that destroyed life as we knew it. But Edgar's routine is suddenly disrupted by the discovery of a wall with a graffiti by his bed. Just one word reveals the presence of another survivor: „Anna."


SPECIAL RECOGNITION

AWARE

The Netherlands, 2014, Director and Producer Tineke van Veen, Documentary, 14 min, http://www.tinekevanveen.nl
The film-installation elaborates on the cleaning of the landscape, people who clean the landscape and the landscape itself. Landscape conceived as a space, both natural and cultivated, dynamic and cultural, an environment in which we “stay”, move, develop and exist, where social- and power relations play an important role. Landscape as a reflection, as a form of exchange and identification. How do we relate to this traumatized landscape? The evacuees are not only confronted with loss of their native soil, there is also the problem of no return because of nuclear radiation. These effects are much more severe, if not unsolvable. Both areas, hit by the tsunami and the devastated Daiichi power plant, has to be cleaned. The interviews deal with the persons who clean these areas, voluntary or paid, his motivation and his traumatic relationship with the affected and ruined landscape. The Japanese cultivated landscape has a centuries-old tradition and a special relationship with its residents. Old Japanese gardens are slowly overgrown by new nature. Meanwhile residents will be given permission to return to the ‘clean’ landscape.

 

BEHIND THE URALS – THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHERNOBYL

Italy, 2015, Director Alessandro Tesei, Photography Pierpaolo Mittica, Production Mondo in Cammino Productions. Documentary, 64 min. http://www.alessandrotesei.com

More than 60 years have passed since the Nuclear Power Plant of Mayak, in the pre Siberian Russia, behind the Urals, began his work of massive contamination in the area. Three catastrophic accidents have taken place from 1949 to 1967, without anyone's knowledge.The unsuspecting inhabitants have been studied for decades and used as laboratory animals, in order to obtain data about radioactive irradiation. 

 

Broken Arrow. Nuclear Accident in Palomares (Operación Flecha Rota. Accidente Nuclear en Palomares)

Spain, 2007, Director Jose Herrera Plaza, Production Antonio Sánchez Picón. Documentary, 96 min. http://palomaresmemoria.blogspot.es/tags/operacion-flecha-rota/

Cold War. In January 1966 two American airplanes collided over Palomares (Almería-Spain) and as a consequence, four H-bombs fell to hearth. Two of them explode their conventional charge and due to the strong wind radioactive material is scattered over the region. An intensive search is started to find the fourth bomb...  Director's statement: „2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the nuclear accident in Palomares (Almeria, Spain). For half a century, 1500 human beings have lived misled surrounded by several kgs of plutonium scattered by wind and rain in the Mediterranean and around. This is the story of a lie born during the Cold War, the Franco dictatorship and the genesis of the nuclear industry in Spain. A still alive, open story, in demand for a final solution. " 

 

RANGA YOGESHWAR IN FUKUSHIMA. JAPAN’S FIGHT AGAINST RADIOACTIVITY

Germany, 2014, Directors: Reinhart  Brüning, Ranga Yogeshwar, Thomas Hallet, Wolfgang Lemme, Production WDR, Documentary,  43 min. http://www.reportage.wdr.de/Fukushima 

In this documentary a WDR-television crew and science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar gains access to the area of the atomic plant Fukushima Daiichi and got the opportunity to take samples of radiation and to shoot a film for a couple of hours in this polluted area. Science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar has gained extensive access to Japan's battered Fukushima power plant. He speaks to DW about exploring radiation-contaminated zones, and how the cleanup has progressed so far. 

 

FILMMAKERS PRESENT IN RIO

Alessandro Tesei, José Herrera Plaza, Marcus Schwenzel, Miguel Silveira, Missy Hernandez, Peter Anthony, Petrus Pires, Rainer Ludwigs, Reinhart Brüning, Roberto Fernández, Tetyana Cherniavska, Tineke van Veen, Wain Fimeri.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL 

About one year before the Fukushima reactor exploded, the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) was founded in 2010 in Santa Teresa, the famous artist quarter in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.  It is the first festival of its kind that addresses all nuclear and radioactive issues. The aim is to inform about nuclear power, uranium mining, nuclear weapons and the risks of radioactivity. Independent documentaries and movies are the best tool to bring that information to a diverse international public. And a festival is the best way to bring the films to the people! The horror of atomic bombs and those who suffered from them, and nuclear accidents like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl should never be forgotten - nor repeated. Then the nuclear accident in Fukushima happened just two months before the first edition of the International Uranium Film Festival in May 2011 in Rio de Janeiro.

Uranium mining, fracking, nuclear accidents, atomic bomb factories, nuclear waste:  No matter if you are in favour or against the use of nuclear power, all people should be informed about the risks. The International Uranium Film Festivals creates a neutral space to throw light on all nuclear issues. It stimulates new productions, supports "nuclear" filmmaking and the discussion about the nuclear question in Brazil and worldwide. 

FESTIVAL JURY 2016

Alphonse Kelecom - Professor for radio-biologogy at the Instituto de Geociências of the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was born in Belgium and is living in Rio de Janeiro.
Leo Ribeiro - He is award winning Filmmaker & Professor for animated film, born in Minas Gerais, living in Rio de Janeiro. http://leoribeiroanima.blogspot.com
Damacio Lopez - Founder of the International Depleted Uranium Study Team, USA, New Mexico.
Hernani Heffner - Curador Adjunto e Conservador-Chefe da Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. Professor for Cinema at the University PUC-Rio.
João Luiz Leocádio - Nuclear Engineer and Professor of the Department of Cinema & Video at the Federal Fluminense University (UFF) in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Uwe Bünker - Director of the Casting Agency"www.buenker-casting.de" in Berlin, Germany

FESTIVAL DIRECTORS

Marcia Gomes de Oliveira - Executive Director, Social Scientist, Documentary Filmmaker, born in Rio de Janeiro.
Norbert G. Suchanek - General Director, Germany, Journalist, Author, Filmmaker and Correspondent in Rio de Janeiro

FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS  2016

The festival thanks our longterm local partners & supporters Modern Art Museum Cinematheque, Armazém São Thiago, Esquina de Santa, Bar do Mineiro, Cachaça Magnífica and also Caffè Teichner and Villa Laurinda. Special thanks to the supporters Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Brazil, Goethe Institut Rio de Janeiro, the Suiss Consulate in Rio and FAETEC.

The Uranium Film Festival is only made possible with financial support from individual donors and sponsors. The legal organizer of the Festival is the non-profit arts and cultural organization  “Arquivo Amarelo“, based in Rio de Janeiro and registered as Brazilian charity.

We welcome any contribution. Thank you!

Donation via Bank transfer to
Name: Arquivo Amarelo  /  CNPJ 14.798.860/0001-27
Bank: Banco Bradesco / Agência Fátima - RJ / Brazil
SWIFT: BBDEBRSPRJO
IBAN BR36 6074 6948 0280 3000 0120 600C 1

FESTIVAL OFFICE AND FILM ENTRY ADDRESS
International Uranium Film Festival
Rua Monte Alegre 356 / 301
Santa Teresa /  Rio de Janeiro / RJ
CEP 20240-190   /  Brazil
Email: info@uraniumfilmfestival.org
PHONE: (0055) (21) 2507 6704

FESTIVAL PHOTOS

PHOTO: OPENING WITH A „NUCLEAR“ DANCE PERFORMANCE BY STUDENTS OF THE STATE SCHOOL FAETEC ADOLPHO BLOCH - Victor Mendes & Helena Paim.