18 July 2010

DOKUFEST ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

DOKUFEST announced today the opening and closing night films for it’s 9th edition, taking place from July 31st until August 7th in Prizren, Kosovo The Festival will open on Saturday, July 31st with the screening of the film INTO ETERNITY directed by Michael Madsen. and will close on August 7th with the screening of Oscar winning THE COVE, directed by Louie Psihoyos.

Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, INTO ETERNITY takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future.


In a remote area in western Finland, a tunnel that ultimately will be three miles long and 1,600 feet deep is being drilled into the bedrock. The site is called Onkalo, "hiding place," and when it's completed, sometime in 2100, it will serve as a permanent resting place for the country's radioactive waste, a tomb the government plans to seal and leave undisturbed for at least 100,000 years.

Once the waste has been deposited and the repository 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 pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures? Michael Madsen's documentary feature "Into Eternity" won theĀ  Grand Prix at the Visions du Reel in Switzerland, was the winner of the Audience Award at CPH:DOX last November and was nominated for at Green Film Award in Berlinale.

It's a relic-to-be. In an eerie narration, Madsen addresses future viewers, whether or not they will understand his English-spoken warnings and questions, urging them not to curiously venture into the tunnels as if it were an archaeological find, Ā» - Christopher Campbell
Director’s bio: Michael Madsen is a film director and conceptual artist.

Director of several documentaries, among them of the award-winning ‘To Damascus – a Film on Interpretation’ (2005) and founder and artistic leader of the Sound/Gallery, a 900 square meter sound diffusion system underneath the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ā Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.

Director’s bio: Louie Psihoyos (rhymes with Sequoias) has been widely regarded as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired directly out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the yellow-bordered magazine for 18 years. His ability to bring humanity and wit to complicated science stories carries over to his filmmaking. An ardent diver and dive photographer, he feels compelled to show the world the decline of our planet’s crucial resource, water.

With his first film, The Cove, he has touched many with his unflinching view of a dark subject. The eco-thriller has won Audience Awards at Sundance, Newport Beach and Toronto's HotDocs, as it sweeps through the festival circuit.


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