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Chicago Filmmakers: Into Eternity

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 16, 2011

Logo featuring a drawing of a film strip and a movie reel

Feb. 18
8:00 p.m.
Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Hosted by: Chicago Filmmakers

Into Eternity is a documentary directed by Michael Madsen (not the American actor) about the construction of an extensive underground containment system for radioactive waste in Finland.

However, instead of a straight-up scientific tour of the location or an examination of the political ramifications of constructing such a place, Madsen has crafted a poetic meditation on the nature of time as this underground bunker must store this deadly material for over 100,000 years.

The location that is being excavated is called Onkalo, or “hiding place,” and is situated near the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant. It is being constructed in accordance of the Finnish Nuclear Energy Act, which mandates that all of Finland’s nuclear waste must be disposed of in country. Currently, the project is still in the process of excavating and examining the bedrock 520 metres beneath the Earth.

To learn more about the film, please visit its official website.

Watch the movie trailer: