LIDF 2018
plus extra film screenings all year around
Sponsorship and Advertising | Press | Log in

The Safest Nuclear Power Plant in the World + Frayland

Start: 26 May 2012 6:30 pm

Venue: Portobello PopUP Cinema

Share:
Start:
26 May 2012 6:30 pm
Venue:
Portobello PopUP Cinema
Address:
274 Portobello Road,, London, United Kingdom, W10 5TY

Book Your Tickets

Eventbrite - The Safest Nuclear Power Plant in the World + Frayland

Showing

The Safest Nuclear Power Plant in the World

World Premiere
Helena Hufnage | | 28 mins

There is a nuclear power plant in Zwentendorf, Austria. Since 1978 the plant has been ready for operation. Shortly before it’s official opening popular protest prevented the start up of the plant – it was never put to use until today. There is a primary school in the unused office buildings, parties are held in the front yard, tourists holiday nearby and eat wiener schnitzel, Greenpeace practices abseiling down its chimney in readiness for real protest operations on active plants in Europe. At the centre of it all is the caretaker Johann Fleischer. He oversees the vast complex, alone, in what must be one of the most unique jobs in the world.

More Details | Rate Film | Leave Comment

Frayland

UK Premiere Watch trailer
Sebastián Mayayo, Ramiro Ozer Ami | | 74 mins

“Fraylandia” is written on a sign hanging above the entrance to an old fashioned amusement park in Fray Bentos, a small town in Uruguay close to the border with Argentina. Archive footage reveals that this was the home of a large meat processing plant until 1984 (called Anglo), when the Arabs who were supposed to take it over suddenly throw in the towel.

Twenty-five years later, the Finnish company Botnia has established an ultramodern wood pulp mill in Fray Bentos, the largest in the world. But while most residents welcome the arrival of a new employer, the inhabitants of Gualeguaychú, just over the border in Argentina, organize a sustained protest. They are afraid of environmental pollution for one thing, and of course they don't trust multinationals, either. They've been blocking the bridge that serves as the border between the two countries for five years.

The filmmakers observe the situation on both sides of the border, following several of the individuals involved: passionate demonstrators, Finnish expats who enjoy the beautiful weather, and a local woman who reads the love letters she received from a factory employee who went home to Europe. The two countries have brought their conflict before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and the film works its way toward the ultimate verdict.

Yesterday a tragedy, today a comedy.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Una fábrica finlandesa.
Un conflicto entre dos países sudamericanos.
Una mujer atrapada entre dos hombres

“Fraylandia” dice el cartel que cuelga de la entrada de un antiguo parque de diversiones en Fray Bentos, situado donde estaba una planta procesadora de carne hasta 1984, cuando fue abandonada por una compañía árabe que supuestamente se iba a hacer cargo de revivirla.

Veinticinco años después, la compañía finlandesa Botnia estableció una planta de celulosa ultramoderna en Fray Bentos, la más grande del mundo.

La mayoría de los habitantes de Fray Bentos le dio la bienvenida a esta nueva fuente de trabajo, pero los habitantes de Gualeguaychú, en la costa argentina del río Uruguay, organizaban una protesta contra la planta. Por un lado, temían la polución ambiental que produciría, y por otro, mostraban gran desconfianza hacia la empresa multinacional. La protesta bloqueó el puente que une Uruguay y Argentina por cinco años.

El documental es testigo de la situación en ambas orillas del río, siguiendo las historias de vida de varias personas: la pasión de los piqueteros que resisten la acción de la fábrica; una familia de finlandeses que disfruta de los atardeceres en el río y la agradable temperatura; una mujer de Fray Bentos que lee las cartas de amor que le escribe un ex empleado de la planta, que retornó a Europa.
Ambos países elevaron su posición sobre el conflicto ante la Corte Internacional de La Haya, que falló a favor del funcionamiento de la planta.

Las heridas abiertas por el conflicto, sin embargo, todavía están abiertas.

Ayer una tragedia, hoy una comedia

More Details | Rate Film | Leave Comment

Filter Films By:

Reset

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.