A documentary about the exile of Futaba’s residents, the region housing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The day after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, Futaba locals heard the hydrogen explosion at Reactor Number 1 and were showered with nuclear fallout. In response, the Japanese government designated the whole town as an “exclusion zone” and 1,400 of the town’s residents fled to an abandoned high school 250 kilometers away. The entire community, including the Town Hall office, was moved into the four-story building, making the residents nuclear refugees. The film portrays the evacuees as the nuclear disaster situation changes over time.
HD – 2012 – Japan – 145 min – Color – Documentary
Directed by: Atsushi Funahashi
Original language: Japanese
About the director: ATSUSHI FUNAHASHI was born in Osaka, Japan, and graduated from Tokyo University with a B.A. in cinema studies. He moved to New York in 1997 arightnd studied film directing at the School of Visual Arts. His debut feature echoes (2001) won three jury and audience awards at Annonay International Film Festival in France. His second film, Big River (2006), was selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market and PPP (Pusan Promotion Plan) at its project stage. Produced by Office Kitano, the film was shown at various film festivals (including Berlin, Pusan, Karlovy Vary, Sao Paolo, and Shanghai) and was distributed worldwide. Funahashi moved back to Tokyo in 2007 and has started directing films and television dramas in Japan. Deep in the Valley (2009), his first Japanese film, was invited to Berlin, Hong Kong, Cinema Digital Seoul, and numerous film festivals around the world.
Produced by Big River Films & Documentary Japan
SOON AVAILABLE: Shorter Cinema Version of Maximum 120’ and TV Version
Final music composed by Ryūichi Sakamoto.
Ryūichi Sakamoto is the soundtrack composer of Furyo by Nagisa Oshima (starring David Bowie) and The Last Emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci (for which he obtained the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score)
International distribution: Wide House
Berlin International Film Festival 2012 – FORUM SECTION
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012- Documentary Competition
Documentary Japan, Inc
IN THE PRESS:
. Berlin 2012 Review: NUCLEAR NATION
twitch film 10/02/12
. Berlin Film Festival: 3 documentaries on Japan nuclear disaster
LA times 10/02/12
. Fukushima weighs heavy at Berlin film showcase
Korea Herald 15/02/12
. NN got a distribution deal in the US!
Screen International 17/02/12