November 4, 2011 by staff
Olga Kurylenko, The film “La Tierra del Olvido” may revolve around the victims of the Chernobyl disaster a quarter of a century ago, but the Japanese public will see striking parallels with the current holders days after the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Damage to the environment, exclusion zones and radiation tests are just some of the images that evoke the film Fukushima disaster, which was developed after a series of explosions was caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Writer-director Michale Boganim said he was wrapped shooting and editing the film, when he saw the disaster of the Fukushima nuclear power plant that develops on television.
“It was very annoying for me as a repeat of history,” said the post-screening Q & A session at the International Film Festival in Tokyo.
“The land of forgetfulness” is Anya, Olga Kurylenko “Quantum of Solace”, whose life is turned upside down when her husband Piotr firefighter is called away on her wedding day to fight a “forest fire” and not return.
Plants begin to wilt and soldiers blocking roads, but nobody knows what is happening in Pripyat, a town built for workers of the nearby power plant, until the government recognizes the nuclear accident a couple of days later and the whole population than 50,000 evacuees are.
Ten years later, Pripyat, once idyllic land is an abandoned Soviet apartment invaded by weeds, and Anya and other characters must deal with the trauma of being forced to leave their homeland.
“I think it was a great shock to many people, even more than the accident itself,” said Boganim, which is the main producer of documentaries, but this time chose fiction to focus on people on developments in the power plant.
The film, produced by French company Les Films du Poisson, had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last month.
“We see the explosions, the film suggests. I did not want to show. I wanted people to feel the sensation of those who experienced Chernobyl. I wanted to show the drama,” he said.
FORCE OF NATURE
The trauma of parental loss is very real in Fukushima, where some 80,000 people were forced to evacuate due to the nuclear crisis and nobody knows when – or even if – it will be able to return to their homes within 20 km ( 12-mile) exclusion zone.
That has had a strong psychological effect on the top of the job losses, the fears of long-term effects of exposure to radiation, and even discrimination.
Boganim, born in Israel and studied film in Paris and London, said he shot the second half of the film in actual exclusion zone Pripyat, and filmed some scenes inside the houses where Chernobyl workers stayed.
She said she wanted to show the contrast between nature and industry, with Pripyat an ideal location for the power plant were built near forests abound in what many people had called one of the most beautiful places in Ukraine.
In one scene, a bus noise to the power plant goes through a sign declaring “We are the builders of our happiness” as the sky darkens presage an imminent catastrophe.
Animals became a disaster long before people had learned from him, and nature and wildlife have returned to first, while Pripyat remains a ghost town today.
“In a way, even though this plant was built by humans, the final nature was stronger,” he said.
The film clearly targeted at least one viewer of Tokyo.
“I felt like our film,” said one woman.
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