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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 02.03.15] Finland documentary

A couple of years ago, I had a chance to see documentary filmmaker Michael Madsen's (not to be confused with that Michael Madsen) Into Eternity on the big screen. It's a gorgeous and haunting documentary about nuclear waste storage and though it sounds like it might be some dry or overly technical documentary, it is actually a really damning reminder of what humanity is doing to Earth.

Madsen contributed to the 3D architecture documentary that was much buzzed about at Sundance last year Cathedrals of Culture (trailer) and this year he's back with The Visit, another beautiful, sombre, documentary; the second entry into his so-called "Trilogy of Mankind."

What's The Visit about? Ostensibly, it's about how government agencies like NASA and the MOD will handle humanity's first encounter with aliens but it's really about how humanity fits into the big scale of the universe. Some might argue that first contact already happened but as far as the general public is concerned, that step forward is still in the future and Madsen explores how agencies are preparing for it.

The Visit premiered at Sundance. Look for it making the festival rounds throughout the year.

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JeffC (6 years ago) Reply

Wow! All three of those look great! It's too bad it appears Into Eternity is not available in the states on dvd. I really need to get a region free player!!!!


Marina (6 years ago) Reply

I was surprised to find that Into Eternity isn't available in R1. Someone really needs to fix that!


lotus eater (6 years ago) Reply

first contact? pffft...

Well when you as an individual make contact with others let us hope it goes like this.

And not like this...

may you be diplomatic, negotiable, and reasonable with those you encounter as a beacon of civilization, someone nice to talk with. Good luck.

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