230 km North-West from Helsinki, men are working night and day to dig a tunnel which will go down into Onkalo’s rocky soil, on the island of Olkiluoto, to a depth of 500mt. The Finnish radioactive waste will be buried here for 100 thousand years. Will it really be a safe deposit? What will the future generations think of us? Is this the energy we want? Into Eternity: A Film for the Future by Michael Madsen deals with these questions: it will be in the halls of Trieste Science+Fiction Festival.
Once again cinema proves itself capable of stimulating reflection and discussion around our development system, from how we protect our cities to how we move, from how we deal with waste to how we eat and how we choose our energy policies. It’s no chance that the film Into Eternity, selected by the Cappella Underground and by the Regional Laboratory for Environmental Education (LaREA) of ARPA FVG, is hosted by a festival dedicated to science fiction, a genre projected towards the imagination of the future, which asks questions and – why not – even o ers answers or possible solutions. There are other films in the Festival’s programme which o er suggestive, paradoxical, alternative cues for a reflection on environmental issues: Stung, Turbo Kid and Wyrmwood are marked on the catalogue with the symbol of the Earth, in order to suggest this key of interpretation as well. Space Kids, the section dedicated to children, indulges to fantasy and science fiction with a particular focus on the problems of environmental sustainability with the animation film Il bambino che scoprì il mondo. Never so much as today have we been called to choose and create for ourselves and for the future generations new development models, capable of anticipating times and act wisely, in full respect of the planet and of who will come after us, whatever species may inhabit it.