Into Eternity

Denmark, 2010, 75 min
Director: Michael Madsen
Producer: Lise Lense-Möller / Magic Hour Films

This film explores the question of preparing the site so that it is not disturbed for 100,000 years, even though no structure in human history has stayed standing for such a long period of time.

"Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and societal changes. In Finland, the world's first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock – a huge system of underground tunnels – that must last the entire period the waste remains hazardous: 100,000 years."

Once the repository waste has been deposited and is full, the facility is to be sealed off and never opened again. Or so we hope, but can we ensure that? And how is it possible to warn our descendants of the deadly waste we left behind? How do we prevent them from thinking they have found the Giza 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?

Experts above ground strive to find solutions to this crucially important radioactive waste issue to secure mankind and all species on planet Earth now and in the near and very distant future."

Into Eternity won the Jury Award as the best feature film of the 1st International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro 2011. 


Jury Award, Best Feature Documentary, Ist International UFF, 2011 / Grand Prix award at: Baikal International Festival of Documentary, October 2011, Irkutsk, Russia; FIFE, Paris, France, November 2010: Vision Du Reel, Nyon, Suisse, April 13th 2010 / Best film award at: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, January 2012, California, USA; FilmAmbiente - International Environmental Film Festival, November 2011, Rio de Janeiro; Antenna International Documentary Film Festival, October 2011, Sydney, Australia.