NUCLEAR NATION II is now invited to the International Competition of this festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris. They had three screenings and the result of the competition will be announced on March 29th.
The 1st screening (French Premiere!) was full-house and the Q&A heated up. Some said this film should be shown all over France, the world #1 nuclear nation! Others discussed what French people can learn from lessons from Fukushima and also on the final disposal site of nuclear waste.
The audience seemed impressed and convinced that what has been lost in Fukushima is irreversible and impossible to compensate by reparation.
There will be two more screenings on March 27th and 28th. Please see this post for more details.
< FRENCH PREMIERE of NUCLEAR NATION II >
Cinema Du Reel International Documentary Film Festival
– Wednesday, March 25th at 2:30 pm, screening followed by a Q&A with the audience in theater Cinema 1, Centre Georges Pompidou (C1)
– Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm, screeningfollowed by a Q&A with the audience in Luminor, Hôtel de ville (LU)
On March 27th.
Le cinéaste japonais Funahashi Atsushi viendra ce vendredi 27 mars à l’INALCO présenter un moyen-métrage inédit, ” Radioactive “/ 放射能.
65 Rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris
01 81 70 10 00
Le film fait partie d’une série en cours, ” Nuclear Nation ” /フタバから遠く離れて, entamée en 2011 après la catastrophe du 11 mars 2011, et consacrée au sort des habitants déplacés de la municipalité de Futaba.
Le dernier volet en date, ” Nuclear Nation II “,est présenté en compétition au festival Cinéma du réel :
Conçu comme un “spin-off” de la série, ” Radioactive ” s’en démarque par la simplicité de son matériau, monté de manière très brute, ce qui ne lui donne que d’autant plus d’impact.
Pour plus de renseignements en anglais et en japonais, je vous invite à consulter le site officiel du film :
Le film, projeté en version originale sous-titrée en anglais, sera suivi d’une discussion avec Funahashi Atsushi.
Vous êtes donc tous invités à nous rejoindre
à partir de 18h,
en Amphi 2.
L’entrée bien sûr est libre.
On March 28th,
A screening of NUCLEAR NATION II hosted by Zoom Japon.
Samedi 28 mars 2015 à 11h
Cinéma La Pagode (Paris)
suivie d’une rencontre avec le réalisateur
To read the full review;
Variety just release a great review on NN2, written by Maggie Lee.
“While the sense of frustration and impotence weighs heavily on viewers, it doesn’t reduce the significance of “Nuclear Nation II, which forces one to acknowledge that the crisis remains unresolved, and chillingly hints at a new debacle in the form of nuclear contamination. Like its predecessor, the film is being distributed in France by Wide House and should enjoy a strong presence in Europe, particularly on smallscreens.” -Variety
To read the full review;
Audacious…Funahashi’s engagement with his subjects remains as strong as ever.
– Hollywood Reporter
Its international premiere at Berlin — where the first film also bowed in 2012, also as a Forum title — is bound to be followed by a sustained run on the festival circuit.
– Hollywood Reporter
For full review;
Serien Ninja, German cultural website, interviewed director Atsushi Funahashi .
Variety wrote on “NUCLEAR NATION II” at Berlinale 2015!!
“In 2012, Atsushi Funahashi presented Nuclear Nation, his film about the consequences of the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima Daiichi. 1400 people from nearby Futaba were evacuated to a school building in a Tokyo suburb. Funahashi documented people’s desperation with true empathy and showed the full extent of the destruction. This year, he presents the sequel. We learn that the former mayor – previously a fervent advocate of nuclear energy and now a passionate fighter for the victims of the catastrophe – has now been replaced by someone younger. The single-minded cattle breeder also makes another appearance, originally having resisted the government’s orders to evacuate the disaster zone and kill his livestock. Today, a look at his animals lays bare the consequences of radioactive contamination: they all have ulcers and open wounds. It wasn’t until late 2014 that the final people left the school building – but they’re unlikely ever to be able to return to their homes. The epicentre of the catastrophe has been declared a toxic waste disposal site. The inhabitants of Futaba, to whom nuclear energy once brought affluence, are now alone in paying the high price for it.”
see full page.
One of the first articles that reviewed Nuclear Nation II just came out!
Nuclear Nation II
Romaji: Futaba kara toku hanarete dainibu
Running Time: 114 mins.
Director: Atsushi Funahashi
Starring: Shiro Izawa, Masami Yoshizawa, Katsutaka Idogawa,
Atsushi Funahashi was at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival with his documentary Nuclear Nation, about the consequences of the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima Daiichi which displaced 1400 people from nearby Futaba. These people were evacuated to a school building in a Tokyo suburb and we saw how they survived. The sequel takes place some time after and we learn what happened to the people we saw in the first documentary. We learn that the former mayor – previously a fervent advocate of nuclear energy and now a passionate fighter for the victims of the catastrophe – has now been replaced by someone younger. The single-minded cattle breeder also makes another appearance, originally having resisted the government’s orders to evacuate the disaster zone and kill his livestock. Today, a look at his animals lays bare the consequences of radioactive contamination: they all have ulcers and open wounds. It wasn’t until late 2014 that the final people left the school building – but they’re unlikely ever to be able to return to their homes because the epicentre of the catastrophe has been declared a toxic waste disposal site.
Read the entire article:
Here’s the screening schedule of NUCLEAR NATION II at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival!
NUCLEAR NATION II (Futaba kara toku hanarete dainibu)
09.02.15 09:30 CinemaxX6 (press screening) EN
10.02.15 16:15 Delphi Filmpalast EN
12.02.15 19:00 CineStar 8 EN
13.02.15 21:30 Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg EN
15.02.15 19:30 CinemaxX4 EN
For more details please check out: Berlinale site